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COVID-19: UK Warns Of Tougher Social Distancing Measures

A girl sporting a face masks passes a Public Well being England signal, warning passengers arriving on flights into the UK, virus, Coronavirus, has been detected in Wuhan in China, at Terminal four of London Heathrow Airport in west London on January 28, 2020. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP


The British authorities on Sunday warned that exterior train might be banned if folks flout stringent tips to chop the unfold of coronavirus infections.

The UK authorities on March 23 ordered a three-week shutdown of non-essential retailers and providers to chop close-contact transmission of the virus.

However hotter weekend climate has stoked fears that folks might congregate in parks and open areas, probably threatening any beneficial properties made in slicing transmission charges.ark was closed on Sunday after concern about excessive numbers of sunbathers on Saturday.

Well being Secretary Matt Hancock, who himself examined optimistic for COVID-19, informed Sky Information tv that sunbathing was “against the rules” and anybody doing so put lives in danger.

He informed the BBC most individuals had been following steerage solely to go away their houses to buy important provides and medication, and to train as soon as a day.

However he stated it was “quite unbelievable” minority weren’t.

“The truth is the more people go out from home, the more the virus spreads,” he added.

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“I don’t wish to have to remove train as a purpose to go away residence as a result of individuals are not following the principles…

“If the results of that’s that too many individuals exit and flout the principles I’m afraid we’ll should take motion.”

Hancock later informed a each day authorities briefing modifications to social distancing guidelines had been “not imminent”.

– Medical officer rapped –

In the meantime in Scotland, the nation’s chief medical officer apologised for ignoring her personal recommendation about non-essential journey.

Police stated they warned Catherine Calderwood for twice visiting her household’s second residence greater than an hour from Edinburgh after pictures had been revealed in a newspaper.

Chief constable Iain Livingstone of Police Scotland stated officers “spoke to her about her action, reiterated crucial advice and issued a warning about her future conduct”.

Calderwood, who fronts a public promoting marketing campaign urging Scots to remain at residence, informed a information convention: “What I did was wrong. I’m very sorry. It will not happen again.”

She added: “This was a mistake. Human error. And there’s no excuses. I should not have done what I did.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated folks’s criticism and anger was justified, and he or she was proper to apologise. However she backed her to stay somewhat than resign.

“She should not have got this wrong… But I need to have the best possible expertise… if we are to steer the best course through this,” she added.

– Queen makes uncommon deal with –

The developments got here as Britain reported 621 extra deaths as of 1600 GMT on Saturday, taking the entire toll to four,934.

Sunday noticed Queen Elizabeth II made a uncommon televised nationwide deal with to thank healthcare employees on the frontline of the battle in opposition to the virus, promising united effort would assist defeat the illness.

The queen warned the state of affairs might persist however stated the outbreak can be defeated via a collective effort in a “common endeavour”, together with via scientific cooperation.

The British toll — down from a document day-on-day excessive of 708 as of Friday, after every week of regular will increase — features a five-year-old youngster and 7 healthcare employees.

There have been 47,806 confirmed hospital instances as of 0800 GMT on Sunday, up 5,903 on the earlier 24 hours.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and inheritor to the throne Prince Charles have each examined optimistic for gentle signs of the illness.

The state-run Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) later introduced the dying of a 54-year-old midwife who contracted the virus.

Lynsay Coventry died on Thursday in Essex, southeast England, and is the primary serving NHS midwife whose dying has been publicly confirmed, it stated in a press release.

Well being officers on Friday stated two different nurses had died.


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