Britain introduces stricter measures to fight COVID-19

Britain introduces stricter measures to fight COVID-19

Britain introduces stricter measures to fight COVID-19

In an address to the nation from 10 Downing Street, Johnson said it was critical to prevent the virus from spreading between households and that police would be authorized to break up gatherings of more than two people in public during what he termed a "national emergency".

The prime minister took the extraordinary action - with support from the opposition - after the death toll reached 336 Monday.

"And travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and can not be done from home".

Six coronavirus research projects will be the first to benefit from a share of 20 million pounds (23 million US dollars) in government investment, according to a statement from the government.

Italy, which has just under 60,000 COVID-19 virus cases and over 6,000 deaths, banned travel within the country after freezing non-essential business activity.

Despite the message for people to stay at home, some roads were still busy and utility workmen and others were still mingling close together.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, a candidate to be leader the opposition Labour Party, said the government urgently needed to provide more clarity, including a tightly defined list of workplaces. "If you do go out, you must not get closer than two meters from someone who isn't in your household".

Hancock said the government would consider locking down the country if the public kept disregarding calls to stop mingling in groups.

Despite the announcement, busy carriages were still seen on the London tube network Tuesday morning, as under the new measures the public will still be allowed to travel to and from work, "but only where this absolutely can not be done from home".

"The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades", Johnson said in his five-minute telly address, which you can watch below.

The Prime Minister said buying basic necessities such as food and medicine should be "as infrequent as possible" and people should use delivery services where they can.

Boris Johnson confirmed the new rules will be in place for an initial period of three weeks, but will be reviewed periodically from then on. "You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home", he told the British people.

Johnson said all nonessential venues and stores, including clothing stores, electronics stores, houses of worship, libraries, playgrounds, and outdoor gyms, are closing.

This means that churches, mosques, temples or synagogues will be banned from carrying out any baptisms, weddings or other ceremonies.

The new restrictions are to be enforced by the police, with fines imposed on people defying the rules. If you're in the United Kingdom, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while USA users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them", Mike Ryan said in an interview on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

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