British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a news conference in London addressing the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak [Simon Dawson/Pool/Reuters]

The United Kingdom will soon introduce emergency laws to curb the coronavirus outbreak, including banning public gatherings and giving police the power to detain infected people, according to reports.

The move would be an escalation of the UK’s crisis plan which critics had said was too relaxed after Prime Minister Boris Johnson resisted pressure to take some of the stringent measures adopted by other European countries to slow the spread of the virus.

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But on Friday, England’s football Premier League suspended all matches until April 4 and other events such as the London Marathon were postponed by their organisers.

“We have drafted emergency

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