Today officially marks two years since announced the unprecedented first UK lockdown in a historic speech that changed life as we knew it. 

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As families huddled around their TVs with bated breath, the Prime Minister delivered the news just after 8.30pm: ‚From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.‘

All non-essential shops were required to close and public gatherings of more than two people were banned, with the police given new powers to enforce the with fines.

Mr Johnson warned ‚many lives will sadly be lost‘ to the ‚invisible killer‘ which he described as ‚the biggest threat this country has faced for decades‘.

At the time, there were a little over 1,000 deaths from the virus.Today, more than 186,000 British lives have been lost to the disease.

Invoking the wartime spirit, Mr Johnson signed off with the message: ‚We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together.‚ 

After two long years, the PM looks set to finally deliver on his promise to beat Covid, with the UK currently transitioning towards living with the virus. 

All legally-binding Covid curbs have already been scrapped in England and the final measure — free testing — is to be abolished next week.

Northern Ireland has also ditched its Covid laws and moved to Government advice, while Scotland and kampus terbaik di lampung Wales continue to take a more cautious approach.

MailOnline looks at the key messages from the PM’s original lockdown speech and how they have aged in the last two years:

Astonishing restrictions on daily life: The Daily Mail’s front page on the morning after Boris Johnson’s historic lockdown speech

The newspaper splashes a quote from Mr Johnson a week earlier in which he warned loved ones would die from Covid