Chief medical officer Chris Whitty has said schools are facing closures of two months to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Two more people in England have also tested positive for coronavirus who were infected in Iran and are now at the “Royal Free Hospital.”
The chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton has confirmed the first case of coronavirus after the patient had travelled back from northern Italy. The total number infected in the UK has now risen to 19 cases.
Professor Whitty said on Thursday, “One of the things that’s really clear with this virus, much more so than flu, is that anything we do we’re going to have to do for quite a long period of time, probably more than two months.”
He added, “The implications of that are non-trivial, so we need to think that through carefully.
“This is something we face as really quite a serious problem for society potentially if this goes out of control.
“It may not, but if it does globally then we may have to face that.”
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