Man, near Lewisham Market, wearing a face mask to help protect him and others, from spreading COVID-19, during the Lockdown Period
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Dimensions:3353 x 3643 px | 28.4 x 30.8 cm | 11.2 x 12.1 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:4 May 2020
Location:Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, UK
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During the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, the term lockdown was used for actions related to mass quarantines. By early April 2020, 3.9 billion people worldwide were under some form of lockdown—more than half the world's population. By late April, around 300 million people were under lockdown in nations of Europe, while around 200 million people were under lockdown in Latin America. Nearly 300 million people, or about 90 per cent of the population, were under some form of lockdown in the United States, and 1.3 billion people have been under lockdown in India. Transmission within the UK was first documented on 28 February. By 1 March, there were cases in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The government unveiled the Coronavirus Action Plan, and declared the outbreak a "level 4 incident". On 11 March, the outbreak was declared a pandemic. Four days later—following the outbreak in Italy, and based on forecasting by epidemiologists at Imperial College London—the government said everyone should avoid all "non-essential" travel and contact with others, avoid crowds, and work from home if possible. Those with symptoms, and their household, were asked to self-isolate. Pregnant women, people over 70, and those with certain health conditions were asked to self-isolate for longer. Panic buying was reported. On 20 March, the governments shut all schools, restaurants, pubs, indoor entertainment venues and leisure centres, with some exceptions. On 23 March, the government imposed a lockdown on the whole population, banning all "non-essential" travel and contact with people outside one's home (including family and partners), and shutting almost all businesses, venues, facilities, amenities and places of worship. People were told to keep apart in public. Police were given power to enforce the lockdown, and the Coronavirus Act 2020 gave the government emergency powers not used since the Second World War.