Traffic officials in the British capital closed dozens of London underground stations Thursday as the city tries to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move came along with other measures to reduce public transport across London when the government mobilized 20,000 soldiers to help fight COVID-19.
The official death toll in the UK from the virus reached 104 on Wednesday, compared with 71 the previous day, with London being the epicenter of the outbreak.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who ordered schools to close at the end of the week on Wednesday, had already asked people to limit social contact, work from home wherever possible and only make essential trips.
Transport for London (TfL), the London tube agency nicknamed "The Tube", said it had reduced services but maintained the system to "give critical workers the opportunity to make important trips." ".
"Up to 40 London Underground stations (LU) that do not use other lines will be closed until further notice," it says.
The agency announced that overnight stays in the subway would end at the weekend and that the rail and bus system would be further reduced from Monday.
"People should never travel unless they really, really have to," said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
"London will survive these extremely challenging times, and it will be crucial to ensure that the capital's critical workers can move around the city."
Londoners are preparing for further action, and on Wednesday evening the Department of Defense announced that 20,000 military personnel were "ready" to help public services.
Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said that reservists would be brought in and 150 military personnel would be trained to drive oxygen tankers as needed to support health care.
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