LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the government has announced the most far-reaching measures the population has experienced in peacetime to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier, he announced people will need to stop non-essential social contact and avoid clubs, pubs, theaters and all unnecessary travel as the outbreak accelerates.
“Clearly what we are announcing today is a very substantial change in the way that we want people to live their lives and I can’t remember anything like it in my life time, I don’t think there has really been anything like it in peacetime,” Johnson said at a press conference.
“We have to accept it is a very considerable psychological, behavioural change that we are asking the public, the nation to do.”
Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Andrew MacAskill; editing by Kate Holton