Thousands of Staffordshire and Cheshire residents have signed a petition calling for the United Kingdom to go into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 7.15am this morning 252,614 people across the UK have added their signatures to the petition to parliament asking the government to ‘implement UK lockdown for preventing spread of COVID-19’.
These include 350 people in the Stoke-on-Trent Central parliamentary constituency, along with 209 in Stoke-on-Trent North and 177 in Stoke-on-Trent South.
It has also been signed by 212 people in Newcastle-under-Lyme and 88 in the Staffordshire Moorlands – as well as 99 in Stone, 155 in Stafford and 411 in East Staffordshire.
Across the border in Cheshire it has been signed by 511 people in Crewe and Nantwich and 141 in Congleton.
The petition, set up by Baemari Alarva Suerte, will be considered by Parliament as it has crossed the 100,000 threshold.
It states: “The UK needs to follow suit the containment procedures of countries that have been greatly affected by COVID19 such as Italy.
“The UK should restrict unnecessary travel between towns and cities. Travel permitted should only be for work or emergencies. Public gatherings should also be discouraged.
“It is time the government should prioritise the health of the public and should consider how vital it is to implement effective containment now.
“It is better to spend money to contain the virus and treating the relatively low numbers who are ill now rather than wait for more casualties.”
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