The Prime Minister’s press conference on the coronavirus – and his advice to Britons to avoid all non-essential contact – leads the bulk of Tuesday’s papers.
The Times says normal life has been put on hold for up to a year as restrictions “unprecedented in peacetime” are being brought into effect.
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) March 16, 2020
The Daily Telegraph carries the headline “Life put on hold”, with the Prime Minister calling on people to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 16, 2020
The Guardian‘s front page has a similar theme, with reports suggesting this approach could limit the death toll to 20,000, rather than six figures, as many fear.
Guardian front page, Tuesday 17 March 2020: PM tells Britain: stay in to stop march of coronavirus pic.twitter.com/DqeYltpB6g
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 16, 2020
The continued impact of the pandemic on global markets leads the Financial Times, which says stocks took a “fresh pummelling” on Monday.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) March 16, 2020
Metro carries the headline “time to get anti-social”, while the i says the public is being urged to work from home where possible.
— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) March 16, 2020
— i newspaper (@theipaper) March 16, 2020
The Independent has the concise headline “Lockdown”.
— The Independent (@Independent) March 16, 2020
The Sun mocks up a “closed” sign over the UK, saying the Grand National is cancelled among other events as the “PM shuts down Britain”.
— The Sun (@TheSun) March 16, 2020
The Daily Mirror leads on Mr Johnson’s “pandemic message”.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 16, 2020
The Daily Mail says that Britain has “shut up shop”, as the country faces the “biggest shutdown of normal life since the Second World War”.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) March 16, 2020
Mr Johnson “rallying” Britons to defeat the virus leads the Daily Express.
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) March 16, 2020
And the Daily Star says Britons will be asked to remain socially isolated, like Home Alone’s Kevin.