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Coronavirus in Hertfordshire recap: Lockdown begins in UK

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    Boris Johnson has tonight announced a lockdown for the UK.
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  • In a special televised statement at 8.30pm, the Prime Minister told people to stay at home unless they are shopping, exercising, providing care to a vulnerable person or travelling to or from work (but only if travelling to work is necessary).
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  • He said police could take action on those who disobey - this includes handing out fines and dispersing gatherings.
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  • Gatherings will not be allowed and all social events - including weddings and baptisms - should stop, Mr Johnson said. Funerals have been excluded from this list.
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  • As of today, there are 335 deaths linked to Covid-19 and 6,650 who have tested positive so far. In Hertfordshire, there have been 115 positive cases.
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  • This afternoon, it was confirmed that a second patient at Watford General Hospital has died. This makes it the third death in Hertfordshire.
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  • For updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Hertfordshire, follow our live updates below:

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