25,000 homes without water as London hit by major shortage amid coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

AROUND 25,000 Londoners have been left without water this morning amid the coronavirus lockdown.

A pipe burst in south London causing chaos for homes and businesses trying to regularly wash their hands to keep safe from the virus.

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Thames Water said staff are urgently on their way to fix the problem to get supplies back to normal.

A statement on their website confirmed there is low pressure or no water in several South West and West London postcodes today.

It added: "Our specialist engineers are already on their way to investigate the problem, and they will be doing everything they can to get things up and running as quickly as possible.

"We’re really sorry if this has disrupted your day. We know this has happened at an especially difficult time and we understand the concerns you may have."

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked Brits to stay and work at home where possible as the crisis worsens.

Yesterday 2,626 cases were reported in the UK, with 104 deaths.


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One frantic person tweeted: "Several thousand homes in West London including mine have NO running water and NO electricity as of this morning. This is just a total breakdown of trust of whoever is in charge."

And another said: "London hit by major water shortage & power cut amid coronavirus pandemic!

"People aren’t able to wash their hands in South West & West London..

"Around 25,000 homes are without water this morning after a pipe burst in south London. It poses a major health risk amid the pandemic."

Last month the PM advised Brits to "wash our hands for twenty seconds or more with hot water and soap" in the fight against the killer bug.

Diseases expert Professor Hugh Pennington, from Aberdeen University, said: “Healthy people should wash their hands when they arrive at home or work, and before handling food.

“Just using ordinary soap and water is all that’s needed. It can make all the difference and really limit the spread of this virus.”

It comes as 20,000 troops are ready to join the fight against coronavirus as "superspreader city" London faces a total lockdown as early as Friday.

The armed forces are poised to step in to take over hotels and run them as hospitals as the UK's death rate spirals and Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to deploy sweeping shutdown measures.

In dramatic actions not seen since World War Two, the PM drastically ramped up Britain's battleplan on Monday – shutting down mass gatherings and urging everyone to stop non-essential travel and contact with others.

And yesterday he said schools would be shut after tomorrow – with more details to come later today.


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