Coronavirus: The four reasons you are allowed to leave your home

People will also be able to leave their homes for shopping for basic necessities, for any medical need or to care for a vulnerable person, or travelling to and from work but only if absolutely necessary, eg the work can not be undertaken from home.

Johnson also warned police now have the power to issue fines and disperse gatherings "if you don't follow the rules".

More on this breaking story shortly. Viewers on BBC2 watching a University Challenge quarter-final may have been unaware that Johnson was on nearly every other channel ordering the public to stay in their homes as they watched Durham University comprehensively beat Wolfson College, Oxford.

However, this past sunny Spring weekend saw thousands of Britons ignore the prime minister's advice and throng to parks and open spaces in the thousands.

In as somber an address to the nation as any prime minister has arguably delivered since World War II, Johnson said it was critical to prevent the virus from spreading between households and that police would be authorized to break up gatherings of more than two people in public in order to deal with the "biggest threat this country has faced for decades".

Johnson's short message urging people to stay in their homes for at least three weeks had been heavily trailed and was broadcast live on BBC1, BBC News, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky News.

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The Prime Minister announced that the government would "immediately close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship". We note that hotels and restaurants must close, except for delivery and takeaway, as well as pubs, and clubs, and shops, except supermarkets, corner stores, petrol stations, bike shops, post offices, banks, vehicle rentals, and others. They should only leave to buy food and medication, exercise once a day, or travel to work if it's absolutely necessary or essential.

All weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies are banned.

Afterward Monday, Britain's decrease home of parliament is predicted to approve emergency laws giving authorities sweeping powers to deal with the outbreak, together with the precise to detain individuals and put them in isolation to guard public well being.

Pedestrians walk on Primrose Hill with the skyline of central London as a backdrop in London, Monday, March 23, 2020.

There are 6,700 reported cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, and 336 deaths, out of 375,000 and 16,411 worldwide, respectively as of, well, right now. A total of 335 COVID-19 patients had died, the figures showed. Over 100,000 people have recovered, mostly in China. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.

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