Coronavirus lockdown in London? UK’s Johnson says ‘we will rule nothing out’

Britain’s PM Johnson at a news conference to give a daily update on the government’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street, London, March 18, 2020. (AFP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that the government was ruling nothing out regarding the coronavirus pandemic when asked whether he would bring in measures to lock down London because people were flouting warnings to avoid social gatherings.

Pressed at a news conference whether tougher measures were needed to shut down London where bars, public transport and businesses remain busy, Johnson said: “We’ve always said we’re going to do the right measures at the right time.”

“A lot of people are making a real heroic effort to comply with the advice we’ve given, but as I’ve said ... we keep everything under continuous review.”

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To the suggestion of instigating legal restrictions on people’s travel movements in London or elsewhere, he said: “It’s one of the great features of our lives that we don’t tend to impose those sorts of restrictions on people in this country, but I have to tell you we will rule nothing out.”

He added: “We will certainly wish to consider bringing forward further and faster measures where that is necessary to suppress the peak of the epidemic, to protect our NHS (National Health Service), to minimize casualties and to minimize suffering.”

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