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The UK Gov­ern­ment scaled-up its re­sponse to the pan­demic on Mon­day evening, ef­fec­tively putting the coun­try in lock-down.

Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son told peo­ple to avoid un­nec­es­sary so­cial con­tacts, to work from home where pos­si­ble, and to stay away from pubs and restau­rants.

He stopped short of an out­right ban which has been im­posed else­where in Europe, but in­creased the ‘peo­ple at risk’ cat­e­gories to in­clude preg­nant women.

It is ex­pected that peo­ple in the at risk group – which in­cludes the over 70s and those with un­der­ly­ing health is­sues – will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.

Any­one liv­ing in a house­hold with some­body who has ei­ther a per­sis­tent cough or fever must now also iso­late them­selves for 14 days.

MSPs Linda Fabi­ani and Gra­ham Simp­son said ex­pert pub­lic health ad­vice was “the best way to keep us as well as pos­si­ble,” and pro­tect the vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety”.

Un­der the weather Lisa Cameron self-iso­lat­ing at home

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