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Britain at ‘perilous turning point’ says Johnson

Boris Johnson: ‘we must act’

New measures to combat the coronavirus were announced across the UK today as Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that Britain has “reached a perilous turning point”.

Pubs and restaurants will close early in Scotland, England and Wales, workers will be urged once again to work from home, while sports and conference venues will remain shut.

Scotland will also introduce tighter restrictions on household gatherings, forbidding people visiting other homes. This extends nationwide the ban on household visiting already in place in the west of Scotland, where the limits appear to be reducing infection rates.

The virus, said Mr Johnson, is growing fastest among those aged between 20 and 29 and he warned the restrictions could continue for six months.

Together with the First Minister of Scotland he urged those who can work from home to do so, reversing his recent calls for people to return to their offices.

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