Boris Johnson is set to defy demands for an immediate shutdown of schools and borders as the UK admits it can only ‘delay’ mass spread of coronavirus to avoid being swamped with cases. The PM is chairing the emergency Cobra committee later where the UK’s tactics will shift from ‘containing’ the killer disease to merely ‘delaying’ its inevitable spread. The UK death toll hit eight yesterday, and experts are increasingly bracing for turmoil as the overwhelming majority of the population becomes infected and the country develops ‘herd immunity’. However, ministers will not follow Donald Trump’s dramatic overnight move of closing the borders to travellers from mainland Europe. No10 has also dismissed suggestions they will emulate Ireland, which announced this morning that it will close all schools and colleges, although the step is being kept in the locker in case the situation escalates. The signs are that they will instead ask those with a cold to self-quarantine, and urge vulnerable elderly people to stay indoors. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who yesterday unveiled a huge £30billion Budget package to ‘vaccinate’ the economy from the impact of coronavirus, today said the UK was not following the US example. ‘The advice we are getting is that… Read full this story
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