As the UK settles into life in lockdown after Boris Johnson ordered shops, bars and restaurants to shut and for people to stay at home unless necessary, people are adjusting to a new sense of normal, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the country is now working from home – with the exception of key workers – while essential services, such as mail delivery continue.
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Failure to abide by the new rules can lead to police penalties, with crowds of more than two people already being dispersed by police.
So how long could we be in lockdown? We take a look at other countries with similar measures in place.
How long will the UK be in lockdown for?
The current measures in the UK will be in place for three weeks, but are subject to review.
Boris Johnson, while announcing the lockdown on Monday, said: ‘ I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review.
‘We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.’
He added, ‘But at present, there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard.’
Italy, which has been the worst-hit country by the virus, went on country-wide lockdown on 9 March and remains on lockdown at the time of writing, 17 days later.
Similar to the UK, all cinemas, theatres, gyms and pubs have shut their doors while funerals and weddings are also cancelled.
Their lockdown is set to end on April 3, but it is believed the government might extend it as the death toll, sadly, continues to rise.
To date, 7,503 people have died of the virus in Italy.
After Italy, Spain is now the most affected country, with a death toll of 4,089, entering lockdown on 14 March.
The country, which is in a state of emergency, initially proposed the lockdown would last two weeks, however, the Spanish government announced on Sunday that it will now last until April 11.
That will take it to a total of four weeks.
France also went into strict lockdown on 17 March for 15 days – again, a timeframe which is expected to be extended as the country continues to see a surge in coronavirus-related deaths, with the death toll now over 1,000.
France has taken extreme measures to ensure people are not leaving their houses unnecessarily, requiring them to carry a document explaining where they are headed and why.
Failure to carry this could lead to a police fine of £100.
To get an idea of how long lockdown could last, it may also be useful to look at the former epicentre of the virus, the Hubei Province, which is starting to relax its measures as the virus seems to have been contained.
Quarantine measures were first put in place there on 22 January, but have now been eased, with the Chinese government confirming all restrictions will be completely removed by 8 April.
Once lifted, these measures will have been in place for nearly three months.
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