UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced what he called “draconian” new measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in a televised address on March 16.
In the statement, he urged the British people to “stop nonessential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel.”
According to reporting from the BBC, Johnson told ministers on March 17: “We are engaged in a war against the disease which we have to win.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab made a subsequent statement on March 17 advising against “all nonessential international travel.”
In this video, filmed at 7 pm on March 17, London’s Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street, is seen to have few people on it. Credit: Mohamed Elshafie via Storyful