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Coronavirus: Stamford streets almost deserted after Boris Johnson announces lockdown




The streets of Stamford are far quieter following the lockdown announced on Monday night.

Red Lion Square, High Street and Broad Street were virtually empty, with just a handful of people to be seen at any one time.

Red Lion Square during lockdown
Red Lion Square during lockdown

Around 27 million people tuned in to watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson outline strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

They include a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and the immediate closure of shops selling non-essential goods.

Ironmonger Street during lockdown
Ironmonger Street during lockdown

He said people should leave home only to exercise once a day, travel to and from work where 'absolutely necessary', shop for essential items and to fulfil any medical or care needs.

In the UK, 338 people have died with the virus.

High Street in Stamford during lockdown
High Street in Stamford during lockdown

Mr Johnson told the country it was facing a "moment of national emergency" and that staying at home was necessary to protect the NHS, save lives and tackle "the biggest threat this country has faced for decades".

Police and local authorities will have powers to disperse gatherings, including through fines.

High Street in Stamford during lockdown
High Street in Stamford during lockdown

The restrictions will be under constant review and a relaxation of the rules would be considered in three weeks, the Prime Minister said.

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Broad Street during lockdown
Broad Street during lockdown

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