UK to go for partial lockdown in London; army may be deployed

UK to go for partial lockdown in London; army may be deployed

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The UK government is considering a partial lockdown in London to stem the spread of novel coronavirus.

This decision was due to the lazy approach of residents in the capital towards the strict coronavirus warnings from the Government. As most of the people in the capital are overlooking the precautions, compels the government to clamp down partial lockdown and if situation demanded, even army should be deployed for an effective lockdown.

Discussions have been held in Downing Street about restricting travel in and out of the city, including shutting down parts of the capital's public transport network, and about how those measures would be enforced, the sources said.

On Thursday morning, Transport for London announced that it would close dozens of underground stations and begin limiting its service within 24 hours. Up to 40 stations have been shut across the capital. "Londoners should be avoiding social interaction unless absolutely necessary," said the city's mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Johnson and Khan will meet at lunchtime on Thursday to discuss the next steps for London, a spokesman for Khan said.

The government announced that up to 10,000 military personnel will be placed on standby throughout the UK in order to maintain public services in the coming months. Government sources told CNN on Wednesday that discussions had taken place concerning what role the armed forces could play in enforcing any lockdown measures.

Scientists believe that the spread of the virus is more advanced in London than in the rest of the UK, and there are concerns that not enough residents here are heeding the advice to work from home and stop going to bars, restaurants and other public places.