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Coronavirus lockdown to be debated in Parliament as 100,000 sign online petition

Parliament will debate a nationwide UK coronavirus lockdown after more than 100,000 people signed a petition.

The petition, titled “Implement UK lockdown for preventing spread of COVID 19", was created by Beamari Alarva Suerte on 12th March 2020 on the Government and Parliament website.

It has since amassed over 101,000 signatures from Brits who believe the UK should follow containment procedures of countries such as Italy and Spain.

Mr Suerte suggested the UK should also restrict unnecessary travel between towns and cities and travel permitted only for work or emergencies.

He also asked the government to debate public gatherings, and urges large groups to be discouraged.

The petition was created in response to Boris Johnson's radical response to coronavirus and the governments proposal of "heard immunity."

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As of Saturday morning the petition had reached 96,000 signatures, but the number has since sky rocketed to over 100,000.

Now that it has reached over 100,000, the government website claims parliament will consider the motion for debate.

On Thursday Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time” as coronavirus pandemic sets in.

He told the country people with even mild symptoms, a fever or dry cough, must self isolate immediately and that it will continue to "spread across the world and our country over the next few months."

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Johnson described the outbreak as the "worst public health crisis for a generation" and the number of cases could be "much higher" than had been confirmed.

He added: "Some people compare it to seasonal flu, alas that is not right. Due to the lack of immunity this disease is more dangerous.

"It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public: many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.

"We've done what can be done to contain this disease, and this has bought us valuable time, but it's now a global pandemic."

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Following the speech England Chief Science advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said the country is aiming for "heard immunity" which could see 60% of the population infected.

He said: "Around 60% is the sort of figure you need to get herd immunity. Due to the lack of immunity this disease is more dangerous.

"It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public: many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.

"We've done what can be done to contain this disease, and this has bought us valuable time, but it's now a global pandemic."

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