The Mail revealed last night that Boris Johnson is expected to announce a second nationwide lockdown next week.
Social media users reacted quickly to say they would flee London and other cities for the countryside before the new restrictions are put in place.
It comes as the roads out of Paris were jammed on Thursday after France‘s second lockdown was ordered yesterday.
Britons have claimed they will head away to rural areas for the second UK lockdown days after Paris saw huge traffic jams as people left city
Social media users in the UK indicated they would act in the same way to the country’s impending lockdown.
One wrote: ‘So we got until Wednesday for Lockdown 2 rumour has it.
‘Right the plan is: get a 24 hour covid test tomorrow, if you’re negative we takeover a great big mansion in the countryside for a month and put on shows and make movies and hangout in a giant bubble. Who’s in?’
Another said: ‘I can see a lockdown coming to London soon ….leave London now…it’s going to get horrible!!!’
One said: ‘We staying at grandmas house cus no way I’m gonna be in London in lockdown again.’
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a national lockdown next week after his scientific advisers told him it was the only way to save Christmas
Scientists from the Sage committee yesterday presented No 10 with bleak figures showing that Covid is spreading ‘significantly’ faster than even their original ‘worst-case scenario’ prediction.
Last night a Cabinet source told the Mail that the dramatic move will be announced next week.
It was not clear exactly what form the new lockdown would take, or what would be ordered to close or how long it would last.
The Government now faces a critical weekend to determine the shape of the measures before an announcement.
The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are said to have agonised over the decision because of fears it would leave the economy in tatters.
But the scientists – backed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and senior minister Michael Gove – told them the virus was on track to kill 85,000 this winter, and that it was too late for a so-called ‘circuit break’.
Tens of thousands of Parisians last night caused massive traffic jams in a desperate attempt to flee the French capital ahead of the start of Emmanuel Macron’s new national shutdown
View of traffic jams in Paris as traffic records have been broken in Paris ahead of the new shutdown coming into force
Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon to avoid confining themselves to the French capital during the shutdown
It comes as Parisians fleeing for the countryside jammed the roads on Thursday ahead of France’s lockdown to slow the spread of the resurgent coronavirus.
There was only a sprinkling of people hurrying along city sidewalks Friday as the nationwide restrictions went into effect.
Dystopian images of logjams that stretched for 435 miles (700km) at one point Thursday evening – exacerbated by the upcoming long holiday weekend – were a grim sign of a return to the dark days of the spring.
With infections hitting record levels in some countries, many are now resorting to severe restrictions again .
In France, concerns were growing that rising infections would swamp the country’s health system, so authorities ordered another four-week lockdown beginning Friday.
There was only a sprinkling of people hurrying along city sidewalks in Paris on Friday as the nationwide restrictions went into effect
A man walks by the empty Tuileries gardens in the centre of Paris. French authorities ordered another four-week lockdown beginning Friday
Many areas of the French capital resembled a regular lazy weekend morning – on what would normally have been a bustling weekday.
Those who were out frequently clutched permission forms proving they had an exemption that allowed them to to be on streets.
The only places that were busy were grocery stores and markets as people stockpiled food and other necessities.
All of France’s 67 million people have been ordered to stay at home at all times with no visitors, or risk steep fines or prosecution.
There are a handful of exceptions, such as being allowed out for one hour of exercise a day within a half-mile (1km) of home, to go to medical appointments, to a place of work, or to shop for essential goods.
Restaurants and cafes are shuttered, apart from those that offer takeout.