BORIS Johnson, the Prime Minister, has announced as series of curbs on British life in order to reduce the chances of further coronavirus infections.

The move, announced from Downing Street on Monday night, will end all but essential movement, such as food shopping, once-a-day exercising with family members only, or keyworkers heading to their place of employment.

The announcement of stricter rules comes after many ignored calls to remain at home last week – heading to and will enforce stricter social distancing as the death toll in England passed 300.

Mr Johnson said that mass gatherings will not be allowed, with police given powers to disperse gatherings, or even issue fines for failing to remain indoors.

Shops selling non-essential goods, such as retail shops, will also be shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together prohibited.

Outdoor areas such as leisure facilities will also be closed, as well as play areas.

Also, non-essential social gatherings such as christenings and weddings will be cancelled, but not funerals.

However family medical emergencies will be permitted as will be travelling to care for a family member.

Mr Johnson said the restrictions would be kept under constant review.

"We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to," he added.

The move was welcomed by the Labour Party as well as Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.