LONDON -- Police in London have clashed with protesters at a rally against coronavirus restrictions.
The protests came hours after the British capital’s mayor warned that it was “increasingly likely” that London would soon need to introduce tighter rules to curb a sharp rise in new infections.
Scuffles broke out Saturday as police moved in to disperse hundreds of demonstrators gathered in central London’s Trafalgar Square.
The “Resist and Act for Freedom” rally saw dozens of people holding banners and placards reading “This is now Tyranny” and chanting “Freedom!”
Britain’s government imposed a ban on all social gatherings of more than six people this week in a bid to tackle a steep rise in COVID-19 cases.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel.