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Coronavirus: People With Mild Fever Will Be Asked To Self-Isolate Within Next 14 Days
Updated: See the latest stories on the coronavirus outbreak. Britons with a mild fever will be asked to begin self-isolating within the next two weeks as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, the chief medical officer has said. Professor Chris Whitty said the UK was “very close” to imposing more stringent advice to delay the spread of Covid-19. The first stage of this will be to ask those with a minor respiratory tract infection or fever to self-isolate within a week, and this advice would be introduced within 14 days.“We have not reached that step but we are going to be reaching that step in the really quite near future,” Whitty told a Downing Street press conference.
Protesters wearing hazmat suits, masks and gloves descended on Downing Street on Monday to demand urgent action on the coronavirus pandemic.
Several members of the ‘Pause the System’ group sat on the ground outside the gates of No10 while others held a banner.
Armed police looked on as activists hung biohazard tape on the railings and staged a peaceful protest.
Boris Johnson has been criticised for his. He held his first televised briefing on Monday evening following a cabinet Cobra meeting.
Coronavirus in Scotland: St Patrick's Day celebration in Edinburgh cancelled over outbreak concerns
The Irish Consulate has pulled the plug on one of the biggest St Patrick's Day celebrations in Edinburgh due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. © Provided by The Scotsman Its annual party in the city, which was due to be held at the Assembly Rooms, on George Street, in the New Town, has been cancelled less than a week before it was due to be held.Jane McCulloch, the Consul General of Ireland in Scotland, had been due to host the event at the city council-owned venue. The event had been jointly organised with Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland.
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The peaceful group sat on the pavement to demand the UK to go into lockdown in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The group – which has informal links with Extinction Rebellion – claims that the government is not taking stringent enough action to ‘take care of the most vulnerable’ and ‘prevent future pandemics’.
UK Gov still considering whether to ban sporting events
There will be no ban on UK sporting events just yet as the government steps up its response to the coronavirus pandemic.It comes after the World Health Organisation officially labelled the outbreak a pandemic with Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairing a special COBRA meeting at Downing Street on Thursday afternoon.
As well as calling for the UK to go into lockdown, the protesters urged the government to ‘halt all non-essential business and close schools’; take private clinics into public ownership and increase testing.
They also linked pandemics to factory farming and see the response to the outbreak as a way to implement measures to ease the climate crisis. The government has insisted its approach is based on the advice of experts but many have suggested schools should be shut and ‘social distancing’ measures put in place.
On Monday a simple videooverwhelming the NHS went viral. In it podiatrist Robert Isaacs uses a bucket filled with water and a bottle with a hole in to demonstrate the reasoning behind the UK policy on coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: Army to enforce lockdown in Italy's worst-hit region .
The army will be used to impose the lockdown in Lombardy - the region of Italy worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak. "The request to use the army has been accepted... and 114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy," regional president Attilio Fontana told a news conference."It is still too little, but it is positive."Lombardy has also asked the government to further tighten the restrictions already in place, which include the closure of all non-essential commercial activities and a ban on public gatherings.