Boris Johnson has imposed new coronavirus restrictions to prevent anyone leaving the house unless it is ”absolutely necessary”.

The Prime Minister believes the only way to stop the disease spreading between households is to practice social distancing.

After thousands of people have been ignoring the government advice to not gather outside in groups, Mr Johnson felt the need to introduce tougher measures to ”protect our NHS and to save lives”.

Mr Johnson has ordered that all non-essential shops as well as gyms, kiosks and places of worship must not be running from now on.

”We will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.”
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister

The Prime Minister forbids gatherings of no more than two people in public and pleads with families to stay at home.

All social events inluding weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies must be put on hold. Funerals are the only exception.

The number of deaths in the UK, related to COVID-19, has reached 335, as BBC reports.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Other symptoms can include:

  • Tiredness
  • Aches
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Source: Mayo Clinic

In his six minute public address, the Prime Minister has come up with four reasons one would be allowed to leave home:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

Anyone who does not abide by these measures could be fined and gatherings of no more than two people would be dispersed by the police.

Mr Johnson said the new rules might be temporary.

”We will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.”

”With the time you buy – by simply staying at home – we are increasing our stocks of equipment, we are accelerating our search for treatments, we are pioneering work on a vaccine.”

The Prime Minister said the government is trying its hardest to beat COVID-19.