If a member of a household shows symptoms, whole household isolation should occur for 14 days, says the Prime Minister and his advisers in today’s briefing.
Professor Whitty speaking on whole household isolation: “If one person has symptoms the whole household should stay at home. People need to think through the practicalities. It is stopping the virus from being transmitted to the rest of the community.”
PM: “Now is the time to stop non-essential contact with others, and it’s particularly important for over-70s, pregnant women, and those with medical conditions.”
Johnson: “Anyone who lives with someone who has a cough or a temperature should stay at home for 14 days”
“This will go on for some time. It won’t be a couple of weeks. A prolonged period. The chances of dying are very low.”
From tomorrow mass gatherings will not have health care workers provided
From 18 March, more than 100 Nationwide Building Society branches across the UK will open from 8am, instead of the usual 9am, to determine whether it is an effective way of providing support to the over-70s and those with underlying health conditions.
Prof Whitty: “There is no evidence to show from other coronaviruses that COVID-19 is dangerous to pregnant women – unlike the Zika virus.”
Sir Patrick says the UK is about three weeks behind Italy, which is the European country worst hit by the coronavirus.
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