The UK has moved into the second stage of its plan to tackle the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the ‘delay’ stage.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Thursday that the virus will continue to spread over the coming months and he said;
“We’ve done what can be done to contain this disease, but this is now a global pandemic. We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation”
The government is advising members of the public to self-isolate at home for seven days if they experience any symptoms of the virus, even if they are very mild. The government has also advised that people over the age of 70 with serious medical conditions should not go on cruises and that students should avoid school trips overseas.
At this stage, schools are to remain open, despite some taking their own actions including closing amidst the virus outbreak.
Mr Johnson said the virus is more dangerous than seasonal flu, due to the lack of immunity. He added;
‘It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public: many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.’
The government is to put forward emergency legislation next week in an effort to gain extra powers to deal with the pandemic.
Those concerned about the virus are urged to use the information on the government’s website or contact the NHS111 service. If possible, people should use the 111 online service rather than call the helpline.