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UK remains in ‘containment’ phase but Covid-19 will ‘spread in a significant way’

by LLB Reporter
9th Mar 20 2:38 pm

Following an emergency COBRA meeting the British government has said the UK will remain in the “containment” phase.

The government will not move to the “delay” phase and “social distancing” measure will not be introduced “yet.”

However, a Number 10 spokesman said the government accepts coronavirus “is going to spread in a significant way.”

Downing Street said the prime minister “will be guided by the best scientific advice.”

However, Sergio Brusin from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on Monday, “The UK is in the same situation Italy was two weeks ago.”

The total number of confirmed cases outside of mainland China has rocketed and is currently reported at 30,628.

However, around 23,800 of these cases have only been reported in the last nine days, at the time of writing.

Despite this, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said they have met with governing bodies and sports broadcasters to discuss contingency plans.

DCMS said in a statement, “Senior government officials chaired a constructive meeting of sports and broadcast partners, as part of sensible contingency planning in relation to Covid-19.

“This included a discussion of how staging sporting events behind closed doors could work in practice, should the situation change and become necessary.

“However, based upon the current scientific advice from the Government’s medical experts there is no rationale to close or cancel sporting events as things stand.

“We will remain in regular dialogue with sport’s governing bodies and broadcasters, ensuring they are in receipt of the most up to date guidance from the health authorities.”

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