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US News Coronavirus 'serious and imminent threat' to British public

09:41  10 february  2020
09:41  10 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The British government on Monday officially announced that the new coronavirus was a serious and imminent threat to public health in the country. contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities; contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations

Coronavirus ' serious and imminent threat ' to British public - health secretary. "As the customer was not experiencing any symptoms, the risk to others on board the flight is very low. We remain in contact with the public health authorities and are following their guidance.

a person sitting on a bench in front of a body of water: The UK's health secretary has said coronavirus is a 'serious and imminent threat' to the British public © Getty The UK's health secretary has said coronavirus is a 'serious and imminent threat' to the British public The spread of coronavirus is a "serious and imminent threat" to the British public, the health secretary has said.

The announcement by Matt Hancock gives the government additional powers to fight the spread of the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China and has been confirmed in four people in the UK.

A Department of Health statement said: "The Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.

"The Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel Coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations are considered as an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission of the virus."

Mr Hancock has also designated Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, where Britons evacuated from Wuhan have been transferred to, as "isolation" facilities.

Wuhan and Hubei province have also been declared an "infected area" by the health secretary.

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