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London could go into lockdown within 24 hours

London may face a coronavirus lockdown similar to those seen in other European cities, as Boris Johnson warned the country he is prepared to take “further and faster measures” to tackle the disease.

The UK as a whole has yet to go into a formal lockdown, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson reluctant to enforce his guidance that the public should not attend the country’s pubs, restaurants or entertainment venues.

On Thursday the UK government will bring forward emergency legislation giving the UK authorities powers to shut down pubs and restaurants, “restrict or prohibit events and gatherings” and limit activity in “any place, vehicle, train, vessel or aircraft.”

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