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Coronavirus lockdown begins as people only allowed out for essential reasons - recap

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Coronavirus in east London / Essex recap: Lockdown begins in UK

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    The Prime Minister has announced a lockdown in the UK.
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  • In his televised speech at 8.30pm, Boris Johnson told the nation to stay at home unless they are shopping, exercising, helping a vulnerable person or travelling to or from work (but only if that travel is necessary).
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  • He revealed that police can now take action on those who disobey. This includes handing out fines and dispersing gatherings.
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  • Gatherings will not be allowed and social events - including weddings and baptisms - should stop, Mr Johnson said. Funerals however have not been banned.
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  • As of today (March 23), there are 335 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 6,650 who have tested positive so far.
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  • In Essex, there have been 67 positive cases. In Waltham Forest, 56, and in Redbridge, 51.
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  • This afternoon, it was confirmed that a patient in their 80s died at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow after testing positive for the virus.
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  • For updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Essex and east London, follow our live updates below:

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