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Global coronavirus spread is ‘much, much worse’ than Ebola

by LLB Reporter
12th Mar 20 6:57 pm

Professor Peter Piot, head of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who discovered Ebola, has said the spread of coronavirus is “much, much worse.”

Speaking to Sky News Professor Piot said coronavirus has the potential to turn into a “really bad situation.”

He told Sky News, “This is much, much worse than Ebola.

“Ebola requires very close contact for transmission. People are very scared of it, but frankly it is usually very contained. There are some exceptions.

“But because it [COVID-19] is a respiratory transmitted virus, that makes it so worrisome.

“It’s very infectious because there’s so much virus in your throat.

“So this is literally something you can catch by talking to somebody, which is not the case with other viruses.”

Professor Piot added that the UK will “very likely” be in a “serious epidemic” of the deadly virus by Easter, warning that the UK “probably well over 10,000 cases” at that time.

In a press briefing in Downing Street on Thursday afternoon, Sir Patrick Vallance said, “currently we are on a trajectory that looks as though its about four weeks behind Italy and some other countries in Europe.

“There are currently 590 cases that have been identified in the UK and there are more than 20 patients in intensive care units.

“If you calculate what that number really means in terms of the total number, it is much more likely that we have between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected at the moment.

He added, “That is still a relatively small number.”

Boris Johnson has announced on Thursday that the whole of the “UK is now officially in the delay phase.” The government has advised that overseas school trips should now be cancelled.

Sir Patrick said that we are following a similar trajectory to that of Italy, in terms of numbers and the peak could be 10 to 14 weeks away.

Across Europe more than 23,000 are infected with coronavirus and more than 2,000 have died.

Public Health England (PHE) has said the total number of people across the UK with coronavirus has risen to 590 confirmed cases, an increase of 134 in 24 hours across the UK. Ten people have now been confirmed to have died.

Compared to last Wednesday there were a total of 85 cases reported. This is the largest jump in cases so far in one day across the UK since the coronavirus outbreak started in the UK.

The Italian government has announced they are to close all shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and non-essential company departments will close.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte further said food shops and pharmacies will remain open.

12 days ago, Italy had just 34 deaths, now the country has a death toll of 1,016 up from 827 on Wednesday, with more than 15,000 confirmed cases across the country, with almost 900 people are in intensive care wards.

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