U.K. imposes 3-week lockdown, enforced by police

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 24th, 2020 7:44 am

Last Updated Mar 24th, 2020 at 8:00 am

The United Kingdom went into lockdown on Monday in an attempt to curb the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in the country. The lockdown is in place for three weeks and closes all businesses deemed nonessential, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced.

"The time has now come for us all to do more," Johnson said on Monday evening in a national address.

People will only be allowed to leave their houses for "very basic necessities," to exercise once a day, for medical reasons, to provide care for someone, and to travel to and from work, Johnson said. Gatherings of more than two people in public are also prohibited. The lockdown will be enforced by police.

Nonessential stores will be forced to close and social events such as weddings and baptisms postponed or canceled. Funerals may only be attended by close family.

The death toll in the United Kingdom has climbed to 335.


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