Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

United Kingdom lockdown explained as the government introduces latest coronavirus measures

United Kingdom lockdown explained as the government introduces latest coronavirus measures

On 23rd March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new, stricter rules that have put the United Kingdom in lockdown, preventing people from leaving their homes in the ongoing effort to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson said residents should leave their homes only for shopping, one type of physical exercise per day, medical necessities and "traveling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and can not be done from home".

Brits in their droves took to social media as the new measures were announced on TV last night (March 23).

As the United Kingdom death toll has reached 335, Johnson said the police now have the power to enforce these rules by dispersing crowds or potentially issuing fines.

Mr Johnson said the UK's National Health Service (NHS) would be unable to cope with the influx in cases if the new rules were not followed.

The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades - and this country is not alone. Movement is now restricted in the United Kingdom, gatherings of more than two people have been banned, and non-essential shops have been closed.

"It brings the United Kingdom in line with measures seen in plenty of other countries around Europe", said Al Jazeera's Rory Challands.

As the crisis deepens, Maurizio Brucchi, a renowned Italian doctor who also served as Mayor of Teramo, hit out at Mr Johnson's "half measures" and explained why they will not contain the spread of the disease.

"The legislation will be in place in order to ensure that we have appropriate penalties and appropriate punishment for those people who do not adhere to the clear advice that the government has given and that the police are ready to enforce".

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"That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home". As a community who are all dealing with the same issue together, we should hold ourselves accountable to the new measures and do our part to stop the virus spreading. "Boris, you need to grow a pair", said another.

You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home. "And use food delivery services where you can".

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

The Prime Minister has been under pressure to do more to tackle the spread of the virus. And that's why we produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support for workers and for business.

Johnson said the new restrictions will be "under constant review", and could be extended beyond the initial three-week period.

335 persons infected with the coronavirus in the country have lost their lives.

We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together.

Britain has already closed schools, bars and restaurants and urged people to stay at home.

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