Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared at Downing Street today to discuss the UK government’s plan of action surrounding the coronavirus epidemic. He was joined by the UK’S Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor. Within the conference, the PM addressed Britons with holiday plans who may be concerned about travelling to another country.
Although he said that travel should not be an issue for most Britons, he warned that some countries may not be well equipped to cope with the strain on their medical system.
The Chief Scientific Advisor said: “If you happen to be in a place with a weak service at the peak of the epidemic that might be more problematic.
“This is an issue for people who are older or have existing medical conditions.
“Consider the practicalities but that isn’t a point about moving the virus around, its just a practicality.”
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It will focus on containing the virus, delaying its spread, researching its origins and cure, and mitigating the impact should the virus become more widespread.
Johnson reminded Britons that the best way to steer clear of the virus is by enforcing proper hand hygiene.
This includes washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
The World Health Organisation supports this advice, with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention adding that travellers should “avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.”