Coronavirus warnings to avoid big gatherings were ignored at the weekend as thousands across the country rushed to pubs and parks to enjoy the first rays of spring sunshine. Boris Johnson repeatedly warned against large groups of people gathering in a bid to slow down the spread of the deadly coronavirus but pictures shared on social media at the weekend showed many young Britons failed to heed the advice. Dr Liam Fox launched a scathing attack on younger generations who still fail to adopt social distancing measures, warning they also are at risk of contagion.
Speaking to Sky News, Dr Fox said: “We know from data in Italy the type of patients who are particularly vulnerable, those with an underlying condition – cardiac or respiratory conditions, for example.
“And we know, especially if they are older, they are those most likely to die of the disease. But that doesn’t mean that young people are invincible.
“I think some of the behaviour we’ve seen recently seems to come from people who think they are immortal.”
The former Tory frontbencher continued: “The problem here is that young people may not die in the same numbers from this virus but they may well be hospitalised.
“They may take up capacity in the health system, particularly in intensive care beds from those who may be more vulnerable and need them.
“It’s about, in a society where we have free healthcare as a right, recognising our responsibility.
“It’s not just about us but about our society.”
While earlier cases of coronavirus were mostly found in elderly patients, the majority of which suffering from pre-existing conditions, the spread has now expanded to younger patients both in the UK and other infected countries.
Boris Johnson may enforce lockdown measures within 24 hours amid concern members of the public are not listening to the Government’s warnings.
Under the lockdown, movements could be restricted by the police. Curfews have been imposed in Italy, Spain and France while parks and all shops have except supermarkets and pharmacies have also been closed.
Fines have also been issued if members of the public venture out for non-essential trips.
The Government has also sent out 1.5 million letters to the elderly and those who are vulnerable to the virus.
The letters ordered those groups to remain at home as part of a “shielding” process to protect them from the rest of the public.
Published at Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:11:00 +0000