Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Covid-19: United Kingdom announces nationwide lockdown

Covid-19: United Kingdom announces nationwide lockdown

The prime minister forbade leaving home for anything apart from shopping for basic necessities like food and medicines, medical needs, one form of exercise a day, and travelling to and from work for essential services only.

People will also be able to leave their homes for shopping for basic necessities, for any medical need or to care for a vulnerable person, or travelling to and from work but only if absolutely necessary, eg the work can not be undertaken from home.

The police are authorized to fine those flouting the rules, and break up gatherings.

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"That's all - these are the one causes you ought to go away your home", he mentioned, including that individuals shouldn't meet mates or members of the family who don't reside of their home.

Preventing the spread of the coronavirus between homes is key to ensuring that the National Health Service (NHS) is not overwhelmed by the influx of patients requiring intensive care - or crowding out other people who need treatments, Johnson argued.

Under sweeping stricter measures, announced on Monday evening, all shops deemed non-essential will be shut, and meetings of more than two people, excluding those you live with, are banned.

He added that the restrictions remained "under constant review" and would be checked again in three weeks and they would be relaxed "if the evidence shows we are able to".

Railway train ticket cancellation, refund rules relaxed
Passenger numbers had already fallen by 70% and a sustained slump could leave some train companies at risk of going bust. The DfT said they will " minimise disruption to the rail sector" and protect key workers who depend on the railways.

"The way ahead is hard, and it is true that many lives will sadly be lost", Johnson said. Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship would close.

The measures also include strict limits on gatherings and even exercise - all enforced by police.

Below the brand new measures, the federal government will cease all gatherings of greater than two individuals in public who don't reside collectively, and cease all social occasions, together with weddings and baptisms however not funerals.

People can have company while doing this - but only if they are part of the same household.

"So I beg him (the Health Secretary Matt Hancock) will he underpin this legislation and everything else the government are doing with a much bigger, wider, louder and more comprehensive public education campaign because right now the message clearly is not getting through?"

Pedestrians walk on Primrose Hill with the skyline of central London as a backdrop in London, Monday, March 23, 2020.

As of Monday morning, there had been 6,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, an increase of 967 in the past 24 hours, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care. But for some older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

"From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction, you must stay at home".

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