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Widespread transmission of coronavirus in UK is ‘now highly likely’

by LLB Reporter
2nd Mar 20 12:09 pm

Public Health England has warned that the UK must be prepared for “more widespread transmissions” of coronavirus.

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s emeritus medical director, told Sky’s Kay [email protected]: “With the increasing numbers that we are seeing in a range of different countries and beginning to see here, it is more likely now that we will see more widespread transmission.

“We have to be prepared for that, and a range of different eventualities, and it’s right to say that some of those might be quite challenging for us. But we will have the best preparations that we can possibly have in place for them.”

When asked if a tipping point has been reached, Professor Cosford said, “Not yet, but we are constantly monitoring what’s happening to see whether we will get more widespread community transmission.

“I think it is likely that we will, we are not there yet, but we must be prepared for that.

“There is a limit to exactly what we can do and it is important that we continue with our normal day-to-day lives.

“There may be circumstances when we ask people to reduce the amount of social contact they have outside of work and going to school in order to try to slow the spread of infection, and reduce the intensity of the peak of any wave of infection that might arise so that we can all deal with it more straightforwardly.

“It might be that if an individual is ill, we might ask the family to self-isolate alongside the individual, those sorts of things are being considered. As soon as we need to give different advice we will do, and we will make that clear.”

Globally there are now 80,071 across 53 countries out of 195, and the death toll has now reached 3,044.

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