When did the UK coronavirus lockdown start? – The Sun

THE UK's unprecedented mass lockdown has nearly hit the four-week mark – as Brits try to stop the spread of the coronavirus and support the NHS.

Today, Dominic Raab is set to put the UK on lockdown for another three weeks.

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When did the UK lockdown start?

Boris Johnson got tough with the UK on March 23.

New restrictions are due to be announced later today by Dominic Raab, with three more weeks of lockdown expected.

The unprecedented step was put in place in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus.

In a televised address, the PM announced police would have the power to fine people if they left their homes for "non-essential" reasons.

People are allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic necessities, for one form of exercise a day and to travel to work – but only if necessary and you can't work from home.

What are the current restrictions?

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work – but only if you cannot work from home
  • If you go out, stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family

Boris Johnson ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of "very limited purposes", banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops.

Parks have remained open, but gyms including outdoor gyms, play-parks and kiosks have closed, as will all places of worship except for funerals.

All Brits must comply with these measures.

The police have been given the powers to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Mr Johnson said during the address: "You should not be meeting friends, you should not be meeting family members who don't live in your home, you should not be shopping except for essentials.

"If you don't follow the rules, the police have power to enforce them including with fines. We will immediately close all shops selling non-essential goods, other premises including libraries and places of worship.

"We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public and stop all social events – excluding funerals".

How long will the UK lockdown last?

Boris Johnson said the new measures will be in place for three weeks, and that they will be reviewed at the end of this period which is today.

Dominic Raab announced at the daily press conference that it was still too early to lift lockdown measures, saying: "We don’t expect to make any changes to the measures currently in place at that point and we won’t until we’re confident, as confident as we realistically can be, that any such changes can be safely made."

He also added: "We’ve still got a long way to go.

"We’ve still not passed the peak of this virus."

On Sunday 30 March, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said that lockdown measures could last up to six months – and possibly longer.

She said: "The issue of the three weeks is for us to review where we are and see if we've had an impact jointly on the slope of that curve.

"But I think to make it clear to the public if we are successful we will have squashed the top of that curve, which is brilliant, but we must not then suddenly revert to our normal way of living that would be quite dangerous.

"If we stop then all of our efforts will be wasted and we could potentially see a second peak. So over time, probably over the next six months, we will have a three-week review."

She also added that it's 'plausible' restrictions could be in place for longer than that.

It is expected Dominic Raab will today put the UK on lockdown for 3 more weeks.

Has the UK been on lockdown like this before?

No. This is the first time the UK and Europe has had to deal with a pandemic on this scale since the outbreak of Spanish Flu in 1918 that killed around 50 million people and infected 40 per cent of the world population.

We've had a few close calls with illnesses like swine flu in 2009-10, but it was nowhere near as bad as this.

However, the reason we are in lockdown now is that we have a better understanding of how the pathogens work and what we need to do to stop them.

How long has the coronavirus lockdown lasted in other countries?

China implemented what was then the largest quarantine in human history to try to contain the coronavirus, locking down at least 16 cities at the end of January. The lockdown on Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, ended on April 8.

The eight-million-strong city of Wuhan was completely barricaded, with people literally being welded into their homes.

Six European countries in Europe – Spain, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic – who have previously imposed restrictions are beginning to lift lockdown measures.

  • In Italy, a nationwide lockdown went into effect on March 10 that restricted virtually all aspects of life for its 60 million citizens, including retail, leisure, worship, imprisonment, and travel. This has since been slightly relaxed with some people returning to work.
  • Spain became the second country in Europe to impose a nationwide quarantine on March 14. Thousands of workers are returning to work, but everyone else will be in lockdown until at least April 26.
  • France closed nonessential businesses. On March 16 it implemented a full lockdown, banning public gatherings and walks outside. The country will be under strict lockdown until at least May 11.
  • Germany announced a shut down of shops, churches, gyms, bars, and clubs. On April 2, Merkel extended the lockdown to April 19 but they will reopened some of its shops from next Monday and schools from May 4.
  • On March 27, Ireland went into a two-week lockdown. It has now been extended to May 5.
  • Sweden is on a "low-scale" lockdown. Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned and high schools and universities are closed — but primary schools, restaurants, and many businesses are still open.
  • Singapore closed schools and all nonessential businesses April 7.
  • Dubai went into a two-week lockdown on April 4, while the rest of the UAE have been under an overnight curfew since March 26.
  • Jordan has been under a strict lockdown since March 21. The government eased some restrictions on March 25.
  • Thailand began a 10pm. to 4am curfew on April 3.
  • On March 30, Moscow and other parts of Russia ordered their residents to stay at home and will need passes for their movements.
  • Australia closed non-essential businesses on March 23.
  • New Zealand imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all individuals entering the country. The country went on full lockdown on March 25.
  • India went into full lockdown on March 24. It has since extended restrictions until May 3.
  • Saudi Arabia locked down all major cities on April 6.
  • South Africa went into a 21-day lockdown on March 26. On April 9, the lockdown was extended until the end of April.
  • Colombia started a nationwide quarantine on March 24, with people over the age of 70 told to remain indoors until May.
  • Argentina went into a "preventative and compulsory" lockdown on March 21.
  • Panama and Peru both imposed measures restricting days citizens could outside by gender.
  • On March 19, Israel went into partial lockdown. On March 25, restrictions tightened further. Several neighbourhoods in Jerusalem have gone into lockdown.
  • Belgium went on lockdown on March 17. On March 22, the lockdown was extended to April 19.
  • Germany announced a lockdown of shops, churches, sports facilities, bars, and clubs in 16 states. On April 2, Merkel extended the lockdown to April 19.
  • The Malaysian government announced on March 16 that all business operations will be closed except essentials like markets, utilities, broadcasting, banking, and healthcare. The lockdown will now last until at least April 28.
  • Morocco suspended international flights on March 15 and has closed mosques, schools, and restaurants.
  • On March 15, Kenya closed schools, pubs and restaurants and stopped all non-residents from entering the country.
  • Kuwait went into a two-week nation-wide lockdown on March 13. On April 6, it extended it to April 26 and locked down two regions.
  • On March 27, Ireland went into a two-week lockdown. It has now been extended to May 5.
  • Norway went into a two-week lockdown on March 12, and on March 24 the government decided to extend the lockdown through Easter.
  • Canada has shut its borders to anyone who isn't a citizen and health officials are urging citizens to stay home.
  • Lithuania shut its borders on March 16 to prevent nearly all foreigners from entering. Both Lithuania and Latvia have closed schools.
  • The Maldives is subjecting all passengers travelling to the country by air to a 14-day quarantine, with the exception of tourists checking in to resorts. Some tourists have found themselves under lockdown in resorts.
  • North Korea has shut down airline flights and train service with neighbouring countries, and established quarantines for recent travellers.
  • Qatar stopped all incoming flights to the country and shut down shops in main commercial areas. On April 1, it extended the flight suspension.
  • Slovakia closed its borders to non-residents on March 15, and banned public events.

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