Public Health England has refused to rule out the possibility of shutting down entire towns and communities if a coronavirus outbreak takes hold in the UK. Medical director Professor Paul Cosford said authorities have to be ‘cautious’ about the idea but that, if the virus started to spread quickly, the government would ‘take actions to isolate more widely’. Thousands of Britons now face coronavirus screening amid fears the number of infections on UK soil could ‘explode’ after a ‘worst case’ government report predicted 80 per cent of the population could catch it. The Department of Health is ramping up detection methods so anyone with a severe chest infection at one of 11 NHS hospitals or around 100 GP practices dotted around the country will automatically be tested for the deadly infection – even if they haven’t been to an at-risk country. Until now, members of the public were only tested if they were both ill and had a link to China or another country at the heart of the outbreak in East Asia. Now broader testing will be done to stay a step ahead of the virus. Screening will be ratcheted up to try to catch the virus on a… Read full this story
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