UK still ‘in containment phase’ of virus response

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The UK remains in the “containment” phase of tracing coronavirus cases to prevent it spreading in the community, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said.

Jennie Harries told the BBC a decision about the next phase of delaying the spread of the virus would depend on how fast the number of cases rose.

But she said the UK was “teetering on the edge” of sustained transmission.

Measures to slow the virus needed to be “proportionate”, she said.

And Dr Harries warned the public against panic-buying, saying it was unnecessary and it could “engender panic in itself”.

On Friday, a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions became the second person in the UK to die after testing positive for the virus at Milton Keynes Hospital.

The UK’s first death – a woman in her 70s who also had underlying health conditions – was confirmed on Thursday. A British man also died last month in Japan after contracting the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus, rose to 164 in the UK on Friday, with 20,338 people tested.

Read more at BBC News

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