The UK is remaining within the “containment” stage of its response to the coronavirus following an emergency Cobra assembly.
Measures to delay the virus’s unfold with “social distancing” measures won’t be launched but, ministers mentioned.
Quantity 10 mentioned it accepted that the virus “goes to unfold in a big means”, nonetheless.
There have been 319 confirmed cases in the UK as of 09:00 GMT on Monday, an increase of 46 for the reason that identical time on Sunday.
Downing Road mentioned the prime minister “shall be guided by the perfect scientific recommendation” however there was no have to cancel sporting occasions at this stage.
There was, nonetheless, a dialogue in regards to the practicalities of staging sporting occasions “behind closed doorways”, ought to the scenario change.
Ministers have additionally been assembly with sports activities our bodies and UK supermarkets to debate their response to the outbreak, which may embrace staging matches behind closed doorways.
It comes as Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match in France on Saturday has been postponed, following an earlier choice to postpone England’s match in Italy. Nonetheless, Wales’s recreation in opposition to Scotland in Cardiff is to go forward as scheduled.
The UK’s high share index, the FTSE 100, is facing its worst day since the financial crisis after it fell by greater than 8%, wiping billions off the worth of main companies.
The Financial institution of England has mentioned it would take all obligatory steps to guard monetary and financial stability, in response to a spokesman for the prime minister.
The UK is at present within the first part – “containment” – of the government’s four-part plan to deal with the unfold of coronavirus.
The federal government has beforehand mentioned “social distancing” measures to sluggish the unfold of the virus may embrace a ban on sporting occasions and different giant gatherings, and inspiring folks to make money working from home quite than use crowded trains and buses.
Such a step would require settlement from chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance.
A European Union skilled mentioned the UK had solely a “few days” to implement measures to forestall an outbreak like Italy’s, which is the worst outside China with 7,375 confirmed cases and 366 deaths.
Sergio Brusin from the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management informed the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme: “The UK is in the identical scenario Italy was two weeks in the past.”
Atmosphere Secretary George Eustice may even focus on contingency plans with grocery store chief executives, together with proposals on how one can help weak teams who could must self-isolate.
As supermarkets limit gross sales of some merchandise to halt panic-buying, a survey advised one in 10 consumers are stockpiling. Each the government and retailers say stockpiling is unnecessary.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell accused the federal government of providing solely “obscure statements” in response to the outbreak, saying it wanted to ensure sick pay for all employees and handle points akin to a scarcity of 100,000 NHS employees.
The most recent individual to die – a person in his 60s with important underlying well being issues – had lately returned from Italy, Public Well being England mentioned on Sunday.
The person was being handled on the specialist infectious illnesses unit in North Manchester Basic Hospital after testing optimistic for coronavirus.
Prof Whitty mentioned well being officers have been tracing individuals who could have been in touch with the person whereas he was carrying the virus.
The Foreign Office has warned Britons to avoid large parts of northern Italy underneath a coronavirus quarantine, except their journey is crucial.
These travelling from locked-down areas have additionally been suggested to self-isolate in the event that they returned to the UK within the final 14 days – even when they’ve proven no signs.
Travellers from the remainder of Italy are solely informed to self-isolate and name 111 if they’ve a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
British nationals are nonetheless in a position to depart Italy with out restriction, however some airways – together with EasyJet and British Airways – have cancelled a number of flights to and from affected areas.
Mr Dowden, the tradition secretary, informed BBC Radio 5 Stay “enhanced measures” have been in place to display passengers from Italy – however the one one he recognized was coaching airline employees to identify the signs of Covid-19.
Public Well being England mentioned passengers on flights from northern Italy are additionally issued with details about signs and obligatory actions to take, which shall be prolonged to all flights from Italy by Wednesday.
Nonetheless, the Unite union, which represents many cabin crew, mentioned “there was no coaching” for its members engaged on flights from northern Italy.
The International Workplace mentioned it’s “working intensively” to rearrange a flight residence for 142 Britons on board the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is quarantined off the coast of California after 21 folks examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
Neil Hanlon, from Bridgwater in Somerset, informed BBC Breakfast that food on board has become “very limited” and he was “gutted” that it could take till later within the week till he and his spouse Victoria can fly residence.
Amid issues that faux information in regards to the coronavirus is inflicting confusion, a specialist unit to combat disinformation has been set up.
Groups from throughout Whitehall have been introduced collectively to determine and reply to disinformation in a bid to restrict its unfold.
In different developments:
- Transport for London mentioned a member of employees, believed to work at its visitors management centre in Southwark, had examined optimistic for Covid-19 and a deep clear of the workplace had taken place
- The Royal Faculty of Physicians has postponed its convention in April, as a precaution to guard NHS employees
- Guernsey has the primary confirmed case of the coronavirus within the Channel Islands, after a affected person getting back from Tenerife displayed signs
- A hospital worker at University Hospital Southampton has tested positive for the virus and is now remoted at residence
- Well being Safety Scotland has issued new guidance to prevent the spread of the virus, together with recommending that telephones are cleaned routinely
- One individual on the College of the West of Scotland has examined optimistic for the coronavirus, however the college says its campuses stay open as regular
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