Boris Johnson ordered pubs, restaurants and shops to close across the UK on Friday until further notice to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement comes as England had 39 more deaths now totalling 178 in England, the largest rise in 24 hours, with 4,014 confirmed coronavirus cases across the UK.
Johnson told the UK via a televised press briefing “You’re sacrifice [by social distancing and self-isolation] means we are putting the country in a better and stronger position and we will be able to save thousands of lives.
“It’s becoming clear that social gatherings need to be reduced by 75% and “we need now to make it absolutely clear we are enforcing measures.”
Khan added, “I want to make a direct appeal to Londoners.
“Work from home if you possibly can. Do not use public transport unless genuinely essential. Act immediately on the expert advice.
“It is absolutely the right decision to close down many social venues tonight.
“If you ignore this advice people will die as a result.”
Latest figures show that more than 60 Londoners have died from coronavirus and the latest report from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) is alarming.
This latest scientific report has evidence that allegedly dismisses the governments advice.
The death toll in Italy currently stands at 4,032 and has now exceeded that of China which stands at 3,250 despite having just under half the number of confirmed cases.
Italy has 47,021 compared to China’s 81,303 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Dr Antonio Pasenti Head of Lombardy’s Intensive crisis care unit in Italy told Sky News on Friday, that “the UK is a matter of weeks behind Italy” and will most likely experience “what we are seeing.”
He said that, “8.8% of cases are among healthcare workers” across the country.