Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the Coronavirus Bill later today. The Bill is set to give the government the power to lock down the UK as it will grant them the ability to restrict movement and shutdown premises.
London has been the hardest hit by the Coronavirus and already measures are underway to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Government has announced the closures of all schools as of Friday with exams and assessments being cancelled this academic year.
The government have already started implementing measures restricting unnecessary travel by shutting most of the underground system as of Thursday.
40 stations are reportedly going to be closed “until further notice”, including the Water Loo and City line according to Sky News.
All night time underground and overground tube services will be cancelled on Fridays and Saturdays with only bus services being allowed to run to help ferry essential staff in a bid to minimize unnecessary travel by the public.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London may bare the full brunt of the new lock down measures as it has seen the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the UK.
“People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really, really have to,” London mayor Sadiq Khan announced as he told Londoners to restrict their movements “unless absolutely necessary”.
“London will get through these extraordinarily challenging times, and ensuring the capital’s critical workers can move around the city will be crucial.” he went on to say.
With the Coronavirus Bill, the UK government will also be seeking the power to close down establishment such as shops and malls, leaving only essential premises such as supermarkets and pharmacies open.
It will also give the Home Secretary the power to shut down the border due to reduced staff, as well as detain anyone they believe may be infected
The Prime Minister is expected to shed more light on the Coronavirus Bill when he makes his daily briefing from Downing Street later today.