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Britons wake up to first day of police-enforced lockdown as Boris Johnson faces calls for clarity

The PM has ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of “very limited purposes”, banned public gatherings of more than two people and ordered the closure of non-essential shops. But, two of Britain’s leading police officers have said enforcing the new measures on movement will be a “real challenge” and even impossible with the number of officers available.
On Monday, the UK death toll jumped to 335 as confirmed cases soared by 967 to 6,650.

Jails in England and Wales have been put on immediate lockdown with all visits cancelled, according to the union which represents prison officers.

The POA said it “praised the decision of the Secretary of State for Justice and the Director of Public Sector Prisons for their decision to place Prisons in England and Wales on immediate lockdown”.

According to the union, restrictions inside jails will mean:
Inmates generally being locked up but allowed to access showers, phones and exercise – with social distancing restrictions in place. Prisoners who carry out kitchen, cleaning and laundry work can continue. No social visits In a statement, the POA also claimed prisoners due at court “will be discharged to attend unless the courts service advise us otherwise”.
The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for comment.

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