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UK considering partial lockdown in London
Published on: 2020-03-19
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london 01London could be placed into lockdown within days as the number of coronavirus cases in the capital continues to rise well above the rest of the United Kingdom.

While Boris Johnson was addressing the country officials were being briefed on plans to close down LondonWhile Boris Johnson was addressing the country, officials were being briefed on plans to close down London

The UK as a whole has yet to go into a formal lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctant to enforce his guidance that the public should not attend the country's pubs, restaurants or entertainment venues.

Pedestrians cross a quiet Millennium Footbridge across the River Thames in LondonPedestrians cross a quiet Millennium Footbridge across the River Thames in London

However, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is regularly briefed on the UK government's plans to tackle the coronavirus, said the UK government will announce "more stringent measures" for London imminently, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

Londons streets are already much quieter than normalLondon's streets are already much quieter than normal

On Thursday the UK government will bring forward emergency legislation giving the UK authorities powers to shut down pubs and restaurants, "restrict or prohibit events and gatherings" and limit activity in "any place, vehicle, train, vessel or aircraft."

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