Confusion is rippling through Britain after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a three-week halt to all non-essential activity to fight the spread of the new coronavirusBy JILL LAWLESS Associated PressMarch 24, 2020, 4:29 PM5 min readLONDON — Confusion rippled through Britain on Tuesday, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a three-week halt to all non-essential activity to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. Streets were empty but some subways were full. Hairdressers were closed but construction sites were open. Divorced parents wondered whether their children could continue to see them both. The government has ordered most stores to close, banned gatherings of more than two people who don’t live together and told everyone apart from essential workers to leave home only to buy food and medicines or to exercise. “You must stay at home,” Johnson said in a somber address to the nation on Monday evening. But even as the U.K. recorded its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths, photos showed crowded trains on some London subway lines on Tuesday, amid confusion about who was still allowed to go to work. As of Tuesday, Britain had 8,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 422 deaths, 87 more deaths


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