The coronavirus pandemic continues to soar across the UK with more than 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 281 deaths. The Government is preparing to send out 1.5 million letters to the elderly and those the underlying health conditions, informing them to stay at home for the next 12 weeks. The most vulnerable in society will be supported with food and medical deliveries whilst under strict self-isolation.
The Prime Minister is under increasing pressure to take a tougher stance on “social distancing” as a number of Britons continue to ignore the health advice.
Boris Johnson has already shut down pubs, bars and restaurants, advised people to work from home and stay two-metres apart.
At his daily press conference on Sunday, Mr Johnson said he was thinking “very actively” about how to prevent people gathering in large groups.
He said: “We will think about this very actively in the next 24 hours.
“If people can’t make use of parks and playgrounds responsibly, in a way that observes the two-metre rule, then of course we’re going to have to look at further measures.”
As the Government prepares to table its Coronavirus bill, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has this morning warned “nothing is off the table” when it comes to measures to combat the virus.
Mr Hancock insisted the Government may be left without a choice but to enforce tighter restrictions on movement.
He told Sky News: “This is not the sort of thing that anybody would want to do but, of course, it is the sort of thing we might have to do in order to protect life.
“If you do go out, you must not get closer than two-metres from someone who isn’t in your household.
“It is a really simple rule and incredibly important, because to protect life and the NHS.
“We need to stop the spread of this virus and the virus spreads by people coming into close contact with each other.”
This afternoon MPs will debate emergency legislation to increase powers for ministers to tackle COVID-19.
The 329-page bill, outlines proposals including giving police authority to force people with coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate.
Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg has said all stages of the bill will be debated today before moving onto the House of Lords later in the week.
Published at Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:41:00 +0000