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Stricter coronavirus lockdown measures may be put in place as UK death toll set to rise for three weeks, expert warns

BRITS could face stricter lockdown measures in the coming weeks, experts have warned.

It comes as the UK's coronavirus death toll surges daily, with the worrying figures expected to peak around Easter.

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Yesterday, the number of people to die from the deadly bug rose by 181 to 759 in Britain- the biggest jump the UK has seen in 24 hours so far.

And government advisers have suggested "greater enforcement" of social distancing policies could be needed if the numbers continue to rise.

STRICT LOCKDOWN

A senior government adviser told the Mail Online: "I expect death numbers to increase over two, three or four weeks, and then to gradually decrease."

The stricter measures would involve "anything that can be done to push it (down) further" and prevent people catching the disease.

It could mean mirroring the measures taken by countries like Spain and Italy, where outdoor exercise is banned and fines of up to €3,000 (£2,690) are given to anyone in breach of the rules.

In the UK, current social distancing rules state people should only leave the house for groceries, medical care, travel to work or a bout of daily exercise - while keeping two metres from other people at all times.

Cops have been enforcing the lockdown with road blocks, drones and helicopters, as well as fining anyone £60 if they choose to break the rules.

They are patrolling public spaces such as parks, towns and train stations to ensure the rules are being stuck to.

TWO METRE RULE

It comes as 14,579 in Britain test positive for Covid-19 - up by 2,921 since Thursday.

And research suggests the current UK measures may not be enough to stop the bug from spreading further.

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests viral droplets in coughs and sneezes can travel at speeds of ten metres to 100 metres per second, creating a cloud that can span up to eight metres.

It means we would need to stand more than two metres apart from others to protect ourselves.

On Friday, 168 deaths were recorded in England along with eight deaths in Scotland, six deaths in Wales and three deaths in Northern Ireland.

The youngest person to die in England was just 29 years old - and four of the patients had no underlying health conditions.

The worrying figure means a Brit is dying every eight minutes after testing positive for the killer bug.

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