UK could face Italy-style lockdown, warns Boris Johnson

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PM says government may consider move as No 10 criticised over mixed messages

Boris Johnson has given his most explicit warning yet that the UK might face an Italian-style lockdown to curb coronavirus amid mounting criticism of a mixed message from No 10.

After a weekend of alarm at widely shared pictures of people congregating in parks and at markets, which appeared to suggest some are ignoring official advice on social distancing, the prime minister said more draconian steps could be needed, adding: “If people can’t make use of parks and playgrounds responsibly, in a way that observes the 2 metre rule, then of course we’e going to have to look at further measures.

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