Boris Johnson announces full UK lockdownChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 23, 2020
The UK is to go into full lockdown in a desperate attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Boris Johnson has declared.
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Under the measures, people will only be able to leave their homes to shop for "basic necessities, as infrequently as possible", Mr Johnson said in a TV address to the nation from 10 Downing Street.
One form of exercise a day will be allowed either alone or with family members.
The only other occasions when someone can leave their home will be for "medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person", the PM said, or to travel to and from work "where this is absolutely necessary".
All shops selling non-essential items will also close, as will libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship.
Parks will remain open, but police will have the power to disperse groups of more than two people.
Officers will also have the power to issue fines to anyone who flouts the strict rules.
Weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies will also be banned, although funerals will still go ahead.
Britain sent in the army to deliver protective equipment to hospitals on Monday.
With some doctors saying they felt like “cannon fodder”, the government said the military would help ship millions of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks to healthcare workers who have complained of shortages.
Deaths from the virus in Britain jumped to 335 on Monday as authorities step up action to try to limit the spread of the disease and prevent a repeat of the death toll seen in other countries where thousands have died. ■