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Coronavirus is a ‘serious and imminent threat’ says Department for Health

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
10th Feb 20 10:46 am

The Department of Health has described coronavirus as a “serious and imminent threat” to public health.

The announcement comes as new powers have been introduced to keep those affected with the virus in quarantine to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The new measures were introduced as a passenger who was on the first flight back from Wuhan, China who is in quarantine on the Wirral is “threatening to abscond.”

A spokesman for the Department of Health said, “We are strengthening our regulations so we can keep individuals in supported isolation for their own safety and if public health professionals consider they may be at risk of spreading the virus to other members of the public.

“This measure will rightly make it easier for health professionals to help keep people safe across the country.”

The BBC’s political correspondent Iain Watson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “Currently the regulations are not strong enough to stop him leaving before the 14-day period is up so they brought in these new regulations to try and compel him to stay put.”

A statement on the Department of Health website said, “In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel Coronavirus originating from Wuhan, Secretary of State [Priti Patel] has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.

“In accordance with Regulation 3, the Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations are considered as an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission of the virus.”

On Friday China’s central government ordered communists officials of all levels to take an active lead in what they call a “wartime condition.”

Those who are suspected to have coronavirus are being dragged out of their homes and sent to quarantine camps, this includes anyone who had close contact of those only being “suspected” to have the virus.

China’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan has called on a “peoples war” against the coronavirus epidemic and has called on all communist officials to lead this “wartime condition” or face being “nailed onto the pillar of historical shame forever.”

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