By George Day • 19 March 2020 • 13:21
Downing Street has dismissed suggestions of a travel ban in and around London, following the Covid-19 pandemic gripping the capital city.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “There are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling in and out of London.”
It follows widespread reports of a major lockdown for the city, amid the coronavirus crisis, that has been expected to begin on Friday.
Today, up to 40 tube stations were closed as TfL announced sweeping new measures to limit all but essential travel in the capital.
There have also been reports that police are on standby and ready to prevent any possible looting, while officers could be stationed at supermarkets amid panic buying.
The public are expected to be given 12 hours notice if a lockdown is put in place.
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