There have been 319 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK with four deaths as of March 9, 2020, with the UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty stating that an epidemic in the country was now “highly likely.”
The UK government’s action plan has four stages: contain, delay, research and mitigate.
UK is now in stage 2 – contain
According to the reports the govt. is considering population distancing strategies which could include school closures, tele commuting for the work force (for at least 3 months) and also reducing the number of large scale gatherings. The last measure being deemed important as the UK is seeing rising number of cases of ‘community spread’ i.e. patients with no known exposure to the virus or travel histories to countries where outbreaks have been reported.
Even more radical measures being considered include closing the Parliament for up to 5 months amid fears that Members of Parliament could become “super-spreaders.”
According to Public Health England’s medical director, Prof Yvonne Doyle, said that washing hands with soap and water is more effective than wearing a face mask, although face masks are important for staff to use in hospitals when dealing with suspected cases.
She urged anyone who has entered the UK from Wuhan and who has fallen ill with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing to contact NHS 111.
In addition, the government has introduced advanced monitoring at airports for those getting off direct flights from the likes of South Korea and Malaysia, including Heathrow – where doctors and PHE personnel are stationed in immigration halls.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care, more than 23,500 people have been tested for the virus in the UK, of which 319 have been diagnosed with Covid-19 as of March 9.
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