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20 mars 2020 | 18h49 UTC

UK: Government orders nationwide closure of non-essential businesses March 20 /update 6

United Kingdom Alerte de sécurité

Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders nationwide closure of non-essential businesses as of March 20 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak; further spread of the virus expected over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 19/3/2020, 12h00 until 30/4/2020, 11h59 (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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Event

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced nationwide lockdown measures on Friday, March 20, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Per the directive, cafes, pubs, bars, and restaurants have been ordered to shut down as of Friday evening (local time). Restaurants will be permitted to provide takeout and delivery services. The mandate also applies to cinemas, concert halls, casinos, museums, spas, fitness centers, and a number of other non-essential businesses. Schools in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will also close until further notice. The measures will be in place for an initial period of 14 days.

To date, there have been over 3200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.  

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 (Hubei province, 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 the global outbreak 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 risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with 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 virus.

 

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