Coronavirus: Boris Johnson Puts U.K. on Three-Week Lockdown

The U.K. will go into lockdown from Monday night after Boris Johnson ordered sweeping measures to stop people leaving their homes. #Coronavirus #UK

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country, the prime minister approved radical measures to ban all unnecessary movement of people for at least three weeks. Police will break up gatherings and have the power to fine individuals who break the tough new laws.

Under the plan:

* Shops selling non-essential items, playgrounds, libraries and places of worship will be closed.
* People will be allowed out of their homes only to buy essentials, take one form of exercise a day, travel to work if it can’t be avoided, for medical care, or to help a vulnerable person.
* The government will review the measures after three weeks to see if they can be relaxed.

Johnson announced the unprecedented measures in a televised address to the nation from his 10 Downing Street office.

“Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope,” Johnson said. “From this evening, I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.”

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