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UK PM Boris Johnson yesterday announced vastly authoritarian measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, including Italian style stay-at-home measures, with fines and jail time as penalties, far beyond the mere down-powering of shops and public activity that Australia is currently under. 

This is a complete turnaround from their earlier approach, which was to have a stab at an insouciant, carry-on approach which, it was leaked, was possibly a stab at "herd immunity" -- some scientifically unsupported notion that the virus would come to a halt when 60% immunity was achieved. 

Several days later, after precious time was lost and infections grew exponentially and wholly predictably, the government reversed course in multiple stages.