UK may tighten coronavirus restrictions

UK may tighten coronavirus restrictions
Britain will be forced to impose more restrictions on outdoor exercise if people flout lockdown rules designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the health minister says.
Daily exercise, such as walking, running or cycling, is allowed as long as people maintain social distancing.
But any other activity such as sunbathing could put others at risk and prolong the lockdown, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
Most people were complying, he said, but if a minority continued to break the rules "we then might have to take further action".
Police are enforcing tough social distancing measures in the UK but the government warns they may tighten further if people flout them. (PA/AAP)
"What we are doing is being absolutely clear that the current rules must be followed," he told a daily media briefing.
There were fears that warm spring weather on Sunday could encourage Britons to head to parks.
London's Lambeth Council closed Brockwell Park after it said many people had sunbathed or gathered in large groups there on Saturday.
Hancock said it was "unbelievable" to see a small minority flouting the government's advice to maintain social-distancing.
Britain's death toll rose to 4934 on Saturday after 621 people died in the previous 24 hours.
A total of 195,524 people had been tested of which 47,806 tested positive, the health ministry said.
The UK virus death toll has reached almost 5000. (EPA/AAP)
The warning came as The Queen told Britain and other Commonwealth nations that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of World War II in an extremely rare TV address.
In what was only the fifth broadcast of her 68-year reign, Queen Elizabeth called upon Britons to show the resolve of their forebears and demonstrate they were as strong as generations of the past.
Meanwhile, police have issued a warning to Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood after she broke her own advice on social distancing when she visited her second home this weekend and last.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Calderwood would no longer be the public face of the country's campaign to tackle the coronavirus.
A file photo of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, left, and Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood who broke her own advice on social distancing. (PA/AAP)
Photographs of Calderwood visiting her holiday home in Earlsferry, on the east coast of Scotland about an hour's drive from the capital Edinburgh, were published in the Scottish Sun.
"I did not follow the advice I'm giving to others, I'm truly sorry for that," she said at a news conference in Edinburgh on Sunday.
She said she had seen comments calling her a hypocrite and saying she was irresponsible.
"What I did was wrong. I'm very sorry," she said.
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