Most of those who have died of coronavirus in the UK have been over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to fight coronavirus in the UK as the death toll rose to 55.
So far, more than 1,500 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK, but experts predict the actual number to be much higher.
The new measures introduced by Mr Johnson included discussions on how to protect the elderly and vulnerable.
The Prime Minister said “drastic action” was needed as the UK approaches “the fast growth part of the upward curve” in the number of cases.
By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”.
The advice also said there were some people who were at an even greater risk of “severe illness” from COVID-19.
People in this category are:
- People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
- People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
Published at Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:34:00 +0000