Families in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have been asked to immediately stay at home as the UK is placed in a new national lockdown.
Boris Johnson made a televised address this evening after coming under intense pressure to announce new further measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The latest figures showed a further 407 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Monday and there were a record 58,784 more lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.
As part of his announcement, the Prime Minister also said all primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges, will move to remote provision from tomorrow, while early years providers such as nurseries will remain open.
The new national lockdown for England means people will only be able to leave their homes for limited reasons, with measures expected to stay in place until mid-February.
People who are clinically vulnerable and who were previously told to shield should stay at home and only leave for medical appointments and exercise.
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Fines will be imposed for anyone leaving their home without a ‘reasonable excuse’.
Mr Johnson said: “I know how tough this is, and I know how frustrated you are and I know you have had more than enough of government guidance about defeating this virus, but now, more than ever, we must pull together.”
People may only leave home for specific reasons, which include:
- Go to work if it’s impossible to work from home, e.g. construction or critical worker who can’t work from home
- To shop for necessities including food and medicine
- To exercise, which can be with up to one other person from outside your household or bubble. The exercise should ideally be limited to once per day. Guidance is that people should try to do this locally
- To provide care or help to a vulnerable person
- To attend medical appointments or seek medical care or fleeing the threat of harm or violence