LONDON is braced for lockdown as Tube stations shut and soldiers are on standby to help combat the coronavirus crisis which so far has killed 184 people nationwide.
Downing Street say the draconian measures such as restricting movement seen in other countries will not be imposed but there could be tougher restrictions.
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What exactly does lockdown mean?
Fears that London could be put on lockdown are growing. Pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres are set to shut.
But what does a lockdown entail? What we might expect, of course, is what is happening in Italy, France or Spain.
Essentially all non-essential movements would be banned and enforced by law, that is police.
The army could be called in should law and order begin to break down and to help with food and medicine distribution.
Cinemas, theatres, gyms and pubs will close.
Meanwhile funerals and weddings might not take place in the days, weeks and months the lockdown is imposed.
When could London go into lockdown?
According to some reports as early as this weekend, although in the coming
Stats showed London has been the worst affected by the UK’s coronavirus outbreak and is on the brink of mass infection.
It is ahead of other places in terms of the disease’s progress and any lockdown in the UK would surely begin in the city.
What would it mean for people who live and work in London?
It would mean Londoners staying inside apart from essential travel such as to get food or medicine or to travel.
People have to get permission to go outside and download documents to show to police who will enforce the lockdown.
Social life would grind to a halt because all leisure activities will have stopped. Public transport would also partially close.
What has mayor Sadiq Khan said about lockdown?
Sadiq Khan has told Londoners to “stop travelling and avoid social interaction”.
This would be despite commuters being forced to squeeze onto trains after services were cut because up to 40 Tube stations are set to close and services are to be cut because of drivers falling ill.
Mr Khan said: “People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to.
“Londoners should be avoiding social interaction unless absolutely necessary, and that means they should be avoiding using the transport network unless absolutely necessary.”
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What has happened in France, Italy, and Spain?
These countries are currently in Lockdown.
Rules in Italy require citizens to venture out only if strictly necessary, such as for work, health-related reasons or grocery shopping.
Italian authorities have pressed charges against more than 40,000 people for violating the curfew.
In Spain similar rules are in place for several weeks. Hotels in holiday resorts are closed.
People in France have been confined to their homes apart from essential trips, for which they must have a document stating where they are going.
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