News | Published March 02 2020

Government will "stop at nothing" to prevent coronavirus spread says Johnson

The government’s official plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus will be confirmed at an emergency Cobra meeting, headed by the prime minister.

Boris Johnson has said that the government will "stop at nothing" to prevent the virus, and that the NHS is well prepared for a potential outbreak.

The number of cases of coronavirus in the UK has increased to 36, with the first case in both Scotland and Wales meaning the virus has now spread across all four parts of the UK.

Professor Paul Cosford, medical director of Public Health England, has said that preparations must be made across the country.

He continued, that: "We should expect that might be quite challenging for us, it is therefore very important that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of infection.”

Britons quarantined in a hotel in Tenerife will be allowed to come home once they test negative for the virus.

While 25 have already returned to the UK, a remaining 150 have finished their first week in the hotel following a group of Italians contracting the virus.

When they return home, they will be expected to self-isolate until the end of the quarantine period of 9 March.

People are being advised to work from home and cancelling public events and closing schools are currently being discussed.

Across the world there are now 86,000 cases of the disease, in over 50 countries. Around 3,000 people have died.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
March 02 2020

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