In pictures: Eerie quiet as lockdown measures come into effect

What should have been a normal working Tuesday in the UK has seen many city centres turned into virtual ghost towns under lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation that people are only allowed to leave their homes under a list of very limited purposes, under measures set to last until at least Easter Monday.

Here is a flavour of the eerie quiet that has descended on some of our biggest cities as a result.

Canary Wharf station
Canary Wharf station
Escalators on the Tube
Escalators on the Tube
A Tube carriage
A Tube carriage
An empty car park
An empty car park
Oxford Street
Oxford Street
Liverpool streets
Liverpool streets
Oxford Street
Oxford Street
Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park
Liverpool's China Town
Liverpool's China Town
A Birmingham Park
A Birmingham Park
Birmingham
Birmingham
Leicester city centre
Leicester city centre
Costco in Thurrock
Costco in Thurrock