On Thursday, the United Kingdom was getting ready for the virtual close down of London as underground train stations in the capital closed and Prime Minister Boris Johnson contemplated tougher measures to fight the coronavirus crisis.
Biggest health crisis after 1918
As the coronavirus outbreak taking all over the world one country at a time, governments, companies, and investors are coping with the largest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza pandemic. This has resulted in panicked populations and collapsing financial markets.
After issuing an order regarding the closure of schools in a country that portrays itself as a pillar of Western stability, Johnson on Wednesday stated that the government was striking nothing out when asked whether he would bring in measures to lock down London.
Johnson has requested the government to come up with plans for a possible lockdown, due to which businesses will be closed, transport services decreased, gatherings are going to be limited and more strict controls imposed on the population of one of Europe’s richest city.
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.”
As London prepared for shut down, 20,000 British military service personnel were put on standby to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak and Queen Elizabeth was due to leave the capital for her ancient castle at Windsor.
Asked at a news conference whether rigid measures were required 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.”
As London poised for shut down, 20,000 British military service personnel were put on standby to help fight the coronavirus outbreak and Queen Elizabeth was due to leave the capital for her ancient castle at Windsor.
London Shutting down
Transport authority of London said it would shut down up to 40 underground train stations until further notice and slash down other services such as buses and trains, consisting of the whole of the Waterloo & City line.
“People should not be traveling, by any means, unless they really, really have to,” Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor said.
So far, Britain has reported 104 deaths from coronavirus and 2,626 confirmed cases; however, according to some scientific advisers of the UK over 50,000 people might have already been infected.
Britain is facing a “massive shortage” of ventilators that are going to be required to treat critically diseased patients fighting from coronavirus, after it was unable to invest sufficient amount in equipment for intensive care, according to a leading ventilator manufacturer said.
The world’s fifth-largest economy is seeing an economy that is standstill. On Wednesday, the pound descended to its lowest level since March 1985, barring levels seen at the time a freak “flash crash” in October 2016. On Thursday the pound fell down by 0.5% at $1.1570.
Supermarkets have been forced to issue a limit on purchases after frenzied shoppers emptied shelves. On Thursday, outside one of the Sainsbury’s supermarket in central London a huge queue had formed ahead of the opening, with people standing calmly in the rain, Reuters video showed.
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