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14 Apr 2020 | 01:07 AM UTC

UK: Authorities confirm over 88,000 cases of COVID-19 April 13 /update 16

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Authorities confirm more than 88,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the UK as of April 13; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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Event

Health officials in the UK have confirmed at least 88,621 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including 11,329 associated fatalities, nationwide as of Monday, April 13. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Stay-at-home restrictions remain in place for Britons and nonessential businesses are closed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed British citizens to only leave their homes to shop for necessities as infrequently as possible, engage in one form of exercise per day alone or with members of one's household, satisfy medical needs (i.e. to provide care or help an individual vulnerable to COVID-19), or to travel to and from work when working from home is not possible. Johnson cautioned that police forces may issue fines and disperse gatherings of people refusing to adhere to the orders.

All nonessential businesses and public venues have been ordered to close, all public gatherings of more than two people have been prohibited (excluding people living together), and all social events have been canceled, excluding funerals. Notably, parks remain open for exercise, but "gatherings will be dispersed," according to Johnson. The current restrictions are expected to be extended by the government in the coming days.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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