Coronavirus UK: 18-year-old becomes youngest Briton to die from COVID-19
Yet to be identified, the death brings a dramatic shift in the age range of patients, spanning 18 and 102-years-old. All the deaths so far have were in vulnerable groups with underlying health conditions.
In England, 37 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
The total number of confirmed deaths there now stands at 257.
Nationwide, the UK has seen an increase in infections by 635, bringing the total to 5,683, the Department of Health said.
In his daily press briefing on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government is ready to impose tougher restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus should people fail to follow the guidance on social distancing.
The 18-year-old has become the youngest Briton to die from coronavirus
It comes after Boris Johnson warned measures needed to be taken serious during his daily briefing
The warning came after images of Britons flocking to tourist spots across the UK in their hundreds.
London similarly faced dangerous amounts of revellers in parks across the city, with a market closing its facilities in Victoria Park due to “unprecedented numbers”.
Snowdonia National Park said the area “experienced its busiest ever visitor day in living memory” on Saturday, with other beaches and mountain summits busy.
And, police were forced to close Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich parks to traffic after vast amounts of people turned to nature for the weekend.
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Craig Ruston was previously the youngest Briton to die at 45-years-old
Meanwhile, Wales saw seven new coronavirus deaths, Scotland three, and another in Northern Ireland.
The NHS completed the mammoth task of identifying 1.5million of the most at-risk people who should now self-isolate for 12 weeks.
In a new development, Mr Johnson told those people to “shield” themselves, adding it “will do more than any other single measure that we are setting out to save life”.
He said: “Don’t think fresh air in itself automatically provides some immunity.
“There are plenty of people you could infect”.
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“Take this advice seriously, follow it, because it’s absolutely crucial.”
“My message is you’ve got to do this in line with the advice, you’ve got to follow the social distancing rule – keep 2m apart.”
Asked whether stricter measures could be introduced, Mr Johnson added: “I don’t think you need to use your imagination very much to see where we might have to go, and we will think about this very, very actively in the next 24 hours.
“It’s so important that that pleasure and that ability is preserved but it can only really be preserved if everybody acts responsibly and conforms with those principles of staying apart from one another and social distancing.
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“If we can’t do that then, yup, I’m afraid we’re going to have to bring forward tougher measures.”
On Friday, the government committed itself to a clearer stance and told pubs, cafes and restaurants to close their doors to the public – with many now offering takeaway services only.
On Sunday, McDonald’s announced it would be shutting all its UK restaurants by 7pm on Monday.
Nicola Sturgeon warned Scots to take the measures seriously and not as ‘optional’
Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said the new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus should not be interpreted as “optional”.
It led to police in Scotland forcibly shutting pubs that did not close their doors.
She said: “Life should not feel normal,” and if it did you should ask “if you are doing the right things”.
Published at Mon, 23 Mar 2020 00:01:00 +0000