Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson to address the nation at 8:30pm

Brenda Watkins
March 24, 2020

One user, Giorgia Hunt, said: "While we all knew exactly what was coming in Boris" statement, I think there is something so surreal and eerie when you officially hear it.

"These are the only reasons you should leave your home".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the government will take "tougher measures" if United Kingdom residents do not stick to social distancing rules in public, aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

In an address to the nation, from Downing Street, the PM also said the police now had new powers to enforce the restrictions with fines.

You can find the government's stay-at-home rules for people, here [PDF] and for businesses, here [PDF].

For basic necessities only, such as food and medicine.

Preventing the spread of the coronavirus between homes is key to ensuring that the National Health Service (NHS) is not overwhelmed by the influx of patients requiring intensive care - or crowding out other people who need treatments, Johnson argued.

"We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to".

The number of positive tests went up by 967, to 6,650 - although the true figure is thought to be more than 300,000.

His statement will come after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told citizens travelling overseas to return to the United Kingdom using commercial routes that are still running.

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Sites are also being identified for quarantine and self-isolation for people who can not self-isolate at home. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that a countrywide lockdown will come into effect on Thursday.

But he said the drastic new measures allowing people to only leave home for the "very limited purposes" were necessary to slow the spread of the disease.

The death toll in Britain is now 335.

People can have company while doing this - but only if they are part of the same household.

"If you are on holiday overseas the time to come home is now while you still can".

Over the weekend crowds of people were witnessed visiting open spaces across many parts of the United Kingdom, at times flouting official social distancing advice.

"Going outside now and taking exercise - you've got to take account of the medical advice and observe social distancing".

When it comes to testing medical staff for Covid-19, Mr Hancock said he hoped this would take place "as soon as possible".

Mr Hancock also told the BBC that 12,000 ventilators are now available after last week's appeal by the PM, up from 5,000 that the NHS had access to previously.

Police have been granted the power to fine people not adhering to these new measures and to disperse any gatherings of more than two people, not from the same household.

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