PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has set out strict new curbs on life in the UK to stop the spread of coronavirus.
People should now only leave their home if they are shopping for basic necessities, to do one form of exercise a day, to receive medical care or travelling to or from work – but only if absolutely necessary.
Anyone caught disobeying the new rules will be fined by police.
The restrictions are in place for a minimum of three weeks and aim to ease the mounting pressure on the NHS.
In a historic TV address to the nation, Mr Johnson said: “You should not be socialising or meeting friends and you should be doing as little shopping as you can possibly can get away with.
“Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”
All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, have been ordered to close.
Mr Johnson added that, while ‘more people will die’, the UK will beat the virus by fighting it together.