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UK coronavirus lockdown likely to last months

By March 31, 2020 No Comments
Some lockdown measures to combat coronavirus in Britain could last months and only be gradually lifted, a senior medical official says, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the situation will get worse before it gets better.
Britain has reported 19,522 confirmed cases of the disease and 1228 deaths, after an increase of 209 fatalities as of 5pm local time on Saturday compared with the previous day, the health ministry said.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries says lockdown measures could remain in place in the UK for months amid the coronavirus outbreak.(Getty)
Members of the public walk past a sign on the A82 north bound on March 27, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.(Getty)
“The important thing is this is a moving target,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries said.
“If we do well it moves forward and comes down and we manage all our care through our health and care systems sensibly in a controlled way and that is what we are aiming for,” she told a news conference.
“This is not to say we would be in complete lockdown for six months but it means that as a nation we have to be really, really responsible and keep doing what we are all doing until we are sure that we can gradually start lifting various interventions.”
Her warning came as Mr Johnson wrote to 30 million households in Britain urging them to stick to strict rules to prevent the publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) from being overwhelmed by a surge in cases.
“We know things will get worse before they get better,” Mr Johnson said.
“At this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”
A couple workout in a quiet Greenwich Park as the UK continues its lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in London.(Associated Press)
British nationals arrive at a closed London Gatwick North Terminal after they were repatriated on an Easy Jet flight.(Getty)
Britain has reported 19,522 confirmed cases of the disease and 1228 deaths, after an increase of 209 fatalities as of 5pm local time on Saturday compared with the previous day, the health ministry said.(Associated Press)
The number of tests being carried out has hit 10,000 a day, senior minister Michael Gove said and authorities trying to acquire more ventilators.
Britain has placed an order for thousands of the devices to be made by a consortium of companies including Ford, Airbus and Rolls-Royce.
The repurposing of industry echoes Britain’s World War II effort, with housing minister Robert Jenrick saying that all parts of the country are now on an “emergency footing” as strategic co-ordination centres are established.
“This is an unprecedented step in peacetime,” he said.
Tops tips for minimizing coronavirus transmission.(9News)

Coronavirus: what you need to know

How is coronavirus transmitted?
The human coronavirus is only spread from someone infected with COVID-19 to another. This occurs through close contact with an infected person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands or surfaces.
How can I protect myself and my family?
World Health Organisation and NSW Health both recommend basic hygiene practices as the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus.
Good hygiene includes:
  • Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or your elbow;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms;
  • Apply safe food practices; and
  • Stay home if you are sick.
Reported with AAP.
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