Last night Boris Johnson announced new restrictions on socialising and going outside, after previous measures failed to slow the spread of coronavirus. All non essential travel is no longer permitted, and the public has been asked only to leave the house once a day to exercise or to make essential journeys.
If you or the people you live with have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay at home.
Trains are continuing to run across the country, however, timetables have been heavily amended and some lines are not running at all.
You should check with your rail provider before travelling to see if you are still able, and all train times can be found on the National Rail website.
Train companies have agreed to offer refunds on advance tickets bought before, and valid for travel from, 7am on Monday, March 23 and have waived the usual refund/processing fees.
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The quickest and easiest way to request an exchange or refund for your train tickets is by doing it online due to a very high volume of requests.
The Trainline released a statement saying: “We’re working incredibly hard to resolve the exceptionally high volume of requests we’re currently receiving.
“We’re sorry you’re having to wait longer than usual, but we’re prioritising customers with time-sensitive travel needs. We’ll get your queries resolved as soon as we can.
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Transport for London has issued a statement regarding reports that tube trains in the capital are still packed as people head to and return from work.
It reads: “To save lives, everyone must follow the Government and Mayor’s instructions to stay at home and only travel if absolutely essential.
“Only critical workers should be using public transport and no one else.
“We thank those acting on that which has brought passenger journeys on the Tube down by around 87 per cent.
“But to save lives and enable critical NHS and other workers to use our reduced services, more people need to stop travelling right now.”
The last 24 hours have seen the biggest rise in UK deaths, jumping by 87 cases to 422.
The World Health Organisation has confirmed that 85% of new cases are in the US and Europe.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the ExCel Exhibition Centre in east London is being turned into a temporary hospital with the help of the military.
It will have two wards and be able to hold 4000 patients.
He said: “We will, next week, open a new hospital – a temporary hospital – the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel centre in London.
“The NHS Nightingale Hospital will comprise two wards, each of 2,000 people. With the help of the military and with NHS clinicians we will make sure that we have the capacity that we need so that everyone can get the support that they need.”
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