In Pictures: Coronavirus contrast of empty motorways and supermarket queues

As the growing reality of the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, there was a marked contrast on high streets and at retail parks on Saturday morning as shoppers prioritised buying food and household provisions.

Boris Johnson ordered the closure of the hospitality and entertainment sectors from Saturday amid fears the NHS could be overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases.

With scientists warning “social distancing” measures will have to stay in place for months to come, tens of thousands of pubs, bars, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs, gyms and betting shops were left wondering when they will be able to open their doors again.

Motorways were nearly empty in contrast to the queues to enter supermarket car parks.

M62 at Liverpool
M62 at Liverpool
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Coronavirus queues
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Coronavirus motorway traffic

Other forms of transport were also seeing a reduction in passengers.

Empty train on West Coast mainline
Empty train on West Coast mainline
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Coronavirus
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Coronavirus queues
Coronavirus queues
Coronavirus queues
Coronavirus queues

Other parts of the high street and leisure sites had mixed fortunes.

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Coronavirus
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Coronavirus queues
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Coronavirus queues

Meanwhile, there is no more waiting to be served in pubs and bars after the Prime Minister said they should shut.

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Coronavirus
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Coronavirus closes pubs
Coronavirus closes pubs