The Prime Minister may enforce the measures within 24 hours amid concern members of the public are not listening to the Government’s warnings. At the weekend, pictures emerged of masses of people walking through parks and even attending markets despite the Government’s advice. Today, the House of Commons will also debate the Coronavirus Bill in all its stages in order to give the Government added powers to stop the outbreak of the Covid-19. The bill will be enshrined into law later this week and will allow such measures as closing ports and airports.
The Government has also sent out 1.5 million letters to the elderly and those who are vulnerable to the virus.
The letters ordered those groups to remain at home as part of a “shielding” process to protect them from the rest of the public.
With the death toll now standing at 281, McDonald’s has announced the closure of its chains from 7pm today.
Schools were shut last week as the UK as Mr Johnson increased measures to attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19.
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7.46am update: Hong-Kong to ban tourists
Hong Kong will ban all tourists from entering the city as the virus continues to spread across the world.
All bars, pubs and entertainment venues will be asked to shut later this afternoon.
7.43am update: Matt Hancock warns of lockdown
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has warned the Government will “take further action” if social distances rules are not kept.
Speaking on Sky News, Mr Hancock insisted the primary concern is to “protect life”.
He told Sky News: “This is not the sort of thing that anybody would want to do but, of course, it is the sort of thing we might have to do in order to protect life.
“If you do go out, you must not get closer than two metres from someone who isn’t in your household.
“It is a really simple rule and incredibly important, because to protect life and the NHS we need to stop the spread of this virus and the virus spreads by people coming into close contact with each other.”
7.21am update: Potential UK shutdown in the next 24 hours
The UK could be placed into a nationwide shutdown in the next 24 hours, Boris Johnson warned during his Sunday press conference.
Under the lockdown, movement could be restricted to essential trips in order to adhere to social distancing advice.
Mr Johnson said: “I don’t think you need to use your imagination much to see where we might have to go,’ he said.
“We will think about this very, very actively in the next 24 hours.
“We need to think about the kinds of measures that we have seen elsewhere, other countries that have been forced to bring in restrictions on people’s movements altogether.
“I don’t want to do that because I have tried to explain the public health benefits.”
Published at Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:01:00 +0000