Last night Boris Johnson announced new restrictions on socialising and going outside, after previous measures failed to slow the spread of coronavirus. All non essential travel is no longer permitted, and the public has been asked only to leave the house once a day to exercise or to make essential journeys.
If you or the people you live with have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay at home.
Trains are continuing to run across the country, however, timetables have been heavily amended and some lines are not running at all.
You should check with your rail provider before travelling to see if you are still able, and all train times can be found on the National Rail website.
Train companies have agreed to offer refunds on advance tickets bought before, and valid for travel from, 7am on Monday, March 23 and have waived the usual refund/processing fees.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the ExCel Exhibition Centre in east London is being turned into a temporary hospital with the help of the military.
It will have two wards and be able to hold 4000 patients.
He said: “We will, next week, open a new hospital – a temporary hospital – the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in London.
“The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people. With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need so that everyone can get the support that they need.”
Published at Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:32:00 +0000