Photos Show A Deserted London As Residents Stay Inside
Eerie photos show the streets of London absolutely deserted during the coronavirus lock down.
Dozens of images have shown popular London landmarks, which would usually be packed out, devoid of crowds as people stay indoors to try and slow the spread of covid-19.
This weekend, the hashtag #desertedlondon began to trend in the UK, with people sharing photos of quiet streets, empty train stations and clear roads.
On social media, comparisons have been made between the empty streets and the ones seen in a zombie flick.
One person posted: "Remember that opening scene from 28 Days Later when London is completely deserted? Yeah that's the UK right now."
Responding to the pictures, another Twitter user wrote: "Mixed feelings about deserted London. Bustling city like London is quiet now, which makes me sad but people staying in and fighting the virus makes me happy!"
BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth shared a selection of photos, writing: "I've been running to work this week - through the eerily quiet streets in London. Every so often I stop and just listen. No people, virtually no traffic, no planes. It is extraordinary."
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UK residents have been told to stay indoors and only go outside to shop for essentials, exercise once a day, for any medical need, to help vulnerable, or to travel to and from work.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also banned gatherings of more than two and told people they should not have visitors or meet family and friends.
He said: "That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home. You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say 'no'.
"You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.
"You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine - and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can."
Police have been given new powers to use on anyone found ignoring the rules, including an unlimited fine for those not practising social distancing.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons: "These measures are not advice, they are rules and will be enforced, including by the police with fines starting at £30 up to unlimited fines for non-compliance.
"Home is now the front line, and in this national effort, working together, we can defeat this disease. Everyone has a part to play."
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