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Police 'stop calling 999' after PM's announcement

Gloucestershire Police say they had a 'number of calls' after last night's announcement severely restricting movement.

They took to social media asking people to stop calling them for information on what they could and couldn't do.

They warned that lines needed to remain available for those in an emergency.

Boris Johnson announced severe new restrictions on movement as his government tries to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

People can now only leave home for shopping, for one form of exercise a day, for a medical appointment or to help a vulnerable person.

They can also go to work - but only if absolutely necessary.

The prime minister says we should not be meeting our friends, or family members we don't live with.

Police will be able to fine those who flout the restrictions.

The measures will be in place for at least three weeks.

It comes as the number of people who have died in the UK with Covid-19 has reached 335.

The number of current confirmed active cases of the virus in the South West is at 278, with 32 in Gloucestershire and 19 in South Gloucestershire.

President Trump says he wants to reopen the US for business in weeks, not months.

He claims continued closures could result in more deaths than Covid-19 itself.

The Foreign Office is urging British people travelling abroad to come back to the UK now. It says tourists should come home while commercial flights are still available.

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