He said during his speech to the nation that people can only leave their home for the following purposes:
- * To shop
* One form of exercise per day
* For medical needs
* To travel to and from work
He also encouraged people to use food delivery services, and banned all public gatherings, excluding funerals.
All non-essential shops will be closed with immediate effect and any gatherings will be dispersed.
These sanctions will be in place for three weeks and if evidence shows that if things are subsiding, it may be relaxed.
He said: “The road ahead is hard and it’s still true that many lives will still be lost. We have 7,500 former frontline staff coming back to work.
“We need to protect the NHS and save many thousands of lives. We will beat the coronavirus. We will come out of it stronger than ever.”
So far, 335 people have died and 6,650 cases have been confirmed.