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UK bracing for strict lockdown to be enforced by police

24 Mar 2020, 17:07 GMT+10

PanARMENIAN.Net - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will order police to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown in the country, with a ban on gatherings of more than two people and strict limits on exercise, The Guradian reports.

In the UK, the number of those who have died from the disease the virus causes, COVID-19, increased by 54, bringing the toll in the country to 335 among 6,650 cases.

The Prime Minister ratcheted up Britain's response with an address to the nation on Monday, March 23 evening, warning that people would only be allowed outside to buy food or medication, exercise alone once a day, or to travel to work if absolutely necessary.

All non-essential shops will close with immediate effect, as will playgrounds and libraries, he said in the address from Downing Street.

After days of being accused of sending mixed messages about what the public should do, Johnson significantly escalated his language as he urged people to comply with the more stringent measures.

"You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no. You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home. You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine - and you should do this as little as you can," he said.

"If you don't follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings."

The decision follows Friday's announcement that all pubs, restaurants and gyms should shut down, then the continuation of commuters packing into trains on Monday, and of sun-seekers crowding into parks over the weekend.

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