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Lockdown timeline: Every major event in the last year as UK marks lockdown anniversary

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Lockdown began on March 23 2020, but a week before that, Brits were told to start working from home if they can, to avoid “pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues” as well as an instruction to avoid all unnecessary journeys. On March 18, the Government announced schools would close to all pupils except those of key workers from the end of the week, before announcing all hospitality and recreational venues would also have to close their doors. On March 23, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced “the time has now come for us all to do more” in a historic televised address to the nation as he gave the public “a very simple instruction” – stay at home. And now, one year on, the country’s still in its third lockdown. Express.co.uk looks back at the key events of one year that will definitely go down in the history books.

March 24: Health Secretary Matt Hancock reveals a new Nightingale Hospital with a capacity of 4,000 is being prepared at London’s ExCeL centre.

March 25: Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19, but is displaying “only mild symptoms”.

March 26: The UK becomes the largest contributor in the search for a coronavirus vaccine, pledging £210million in aid funding.

March 26: SEISS and furlough funding is announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.

March 27: Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock both test positive for coronavirus, Professor Chris Whitty says he is displaying symptoms and self isolating.

March 27: The Clap for our Carers campaign begins, kicking off a weekly applause on Thursday nights for NHS and front-line staff.

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Lockdown timeline: Every major event in the last year as UK marks lockdown anniversary

Lockdown timeline: Every major event in the last year as UK marks lockdown anniversary (Image: Getty)

Lockdown timeline: Boris Johnson

Lockdown timeline: Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown on March 23 (Image: Getty)

April 2: One million confirmed cases of Covid are recorded around the world, according to figures by Johns Hopkins University, USA.

April 4: Sir Keir Starmer is elected leader of the Labour Party

April 12: Boris Johnson comes out of hospital and continues his recovery at Chequers.

April 13: Care sector bosses announce daily death tolls are ‘airbrushing out’ hundreds of elderly people who have died in care homes.

April 16: Dominic Raab announced lockdown measures will be extended for at least another three weeks.

April 23: The first people are injected as part of human trials in the UK for a vaccine, led by the University of Oxford.

Lockdown timeline: Rishi Sunak

Lockdown timeline: Rishi Sunak introduced SEISS and furlough on March 26 (Image: Getty)

May 5: The UK’s death toll reaches more than 32,000, passing Italy’s total to become the highest in Europe.

May 10: Boris Johnson announced the first easing of lockdown in England, giving a provisional date of June 1.

May 12: Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced furlough has been extended until the end of October.

May 17: The Government invests another £84million in the hunt for a vaccine, supporting teams at Oxford and Imperial College London. A deal is signed with AstraZeneca to supply 30million doses to the UK.

May 22: Priti Patel announces plans for people arriving in the UK from overseas to quarantine for 14 days from June 8.

May 23: Dominic Cummings scandal breaks, with a second eye witness telling newspapers they saw him a week earlier in Barnard Castle, 30 miles from Durham.

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Lockdown timeline: Woman wearing mask

Lockdown timeline: Face masks became mandatory on July 24 (Image: Getty)

Lockdown timeline: Lockdown end dates

Lockdown timeline: Lockdown end dates (Image: Daily Express)

June 1: Lockdown measures are eased, with school children in England in Reception, Year One and Year Six going back to the classroom.

June 15: Non-essential shops and shopping centres welcome customers back, and places of worship reopen for private prayer while some secondary students have started going back to school.

June 19: Chief Medical Officer agrees to downgrade Covid alert level from four to three after a ‘steady’ and continuing decrease in cases across the UK.

June 23: The Prime Minister holds the final daily Covid press briefing – for now.

June 29: Local lockdown imposed in Leicester following a spike of Covid cases as the rest of the country enjoys the reopening of life.

July 4: Lockdown restrictions are finally eased across England as pub pints start flowing once more.

Lockdown timeline: Matt Hancock

Lockdown timeline: Matt Hancock announced a new strain of Covid on December 14 (Image: Getty)

July 17: Boris Johnson eases the ‘work from home’ guidance as he lays out a plan for a “significant return to normality” in England as early as November.

July 24: Face masks and coverings become mandatory in shops across England, with £100 fines for those caught flouting the rules.

July 30: Matt Hancock warns of a “second wave starting to roll across Europe” as Greater Manchester is plunged into local lockdown restrictions.

July 31: Measures due to be lifted on August 1, including allowing small wedding receptions, are delayed for at least two weeks.

August 3: The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches in England, with restaurants and hospitality venues offering discounts on certain days.

August 13: Thousands of A-Level results in England are scandalously downgraded amid cancelled exams, due to Ofqual’s ‘moderation’ algorithm.

Lockdown timeline: Boris Johnson

Lockdown timeline: Boris Johnson cancelled Christmas on December 19 (Image: Getty)

September 8: Matt Hancock warns of a possible ‘second peak’ following a “concerning” rise in case numbers.

September 18: Boris Johnson warns a second wave of the virus has arrived onto the UK’s shores as the R-Rate soars.

September 22: Boris Johnson announces new 10pm curfew on hospitality events.

October 31: Boris Johnson announces the second national lockdown, lasting for four weeks, with the closure of all non-essential shops and hospitality.

November 5: Rishi Sunak tells the House of Commons the furlough scheme is being extended until March, in one of many Government u-turns.

November 24: The UK’s devolved administrations agree on plans about forming ‘Christmas bubbles’.

December 1: Tory MPs oppose Boris Johnson’s introduction of a new tiered restrictions system to replace the lockdown, but the measures go through anyway.

December 2: England’s national lockdown system comes to an end, replaced by the three-tier system.

December 8: The first vaccine is administered in the UK. A 91-year-old had the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at 6.31am.

December 14: Matt Hancock announced a new strain of Covid has been identified in southern England, with the number of cases “increasing rapidly”.

December 17: The Health Secretary announces 68 percent of the country and 38million people are in Tier 3 from December 19.

December 19: Prime Minister Boris Johnson effectively cancels Christmas for almost 18million Brits by moving them to the new Tier 4.

January 4: The Prime Minister announced the third national lockdown in England.



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