News | Published March 24 2020

Prime minister outlines new measures to curb coronavirus spread

In his speech to the nation yesterday evening, prime minister Boris Johnson outlined the new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The prime minister stated that people should only leave their home once a day for exercise, and that they ought to travel from work when "absolutely necessary".

Individuals are also permitted to fulfil medical or care needs, and to shop for essential items.

The closure of shops selling any non-essential goods was effective as of today.

Johnson justified the decision, stating that: "To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it - meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.”

In spite of the speech, police have reported a number of calls from individuals asking for clarity as to what is and what is not allowed.

Johnson told that nation that we face a "moment of national emergency" and that it was the responsibility of individuals to stay home and help to tackle "the biggest threat this country has faced for decades".

Under the new model police and local authorities will have the power to disperse gatherings of more than two people and will also be able to issue fines.

Should the rules in place be successful, the prime minister promised a relaxation in three weeks would be considered.

This morning all the UK’s mobile networks will send out a government message to their users outlining the new government measures.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
March 24 2020

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