On Tuesday, Metropolitan Police officers were called to Shepherd’s Bush, London to break up large crowds who were sunbathing on the green, despite the Government’s direction to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis. From a police van, an officer said: “You can’t stay on the green, can you all go home.
“Can you all go home please this is not a holiday, it’s a lockdown, which means you don’t just come here and sunbathe.
“Please just leave.”
At the time of writing the official death toll in the UK is 422, as a record number of 87 people died in one day, as the virus is believed to have spread to the UK during mid-January, according to a new model by Oxford University.
This could potentially indicate that many people have already been exposed to the virus and gained immunity.
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Dr Sunetra Gupta, professor of theoretical epidemiology who lead the study, has said that there is still testing that needs to be done.
She said: “We need immediately to begin large-scale serological surveys – antibody testing – to assess what stage of the epidemic we are in now.”
It comes as the UK has seen the number of deaths increase almost six-fold in a week with 71 fatalities recorded last week.
The Mail Online has said that the true size of the outbreak could be around “400,000” infected, as the “Government have hidden the scale of the outbreak, as many have not been tested”.
The Prime Minister has said that residents can leave their house to buy household necessities, but that is all as other shops will close.
People are now only allowed to leave their house for four essential reasons:
Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
One form of exercise a day – (a run, walk, or cycle) – alone or with members of your household.
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
Travelling to and from work but only where absolutely necessary and this cannot be done from home.