Coronavirus UK: Government ‘looking at’ isolating entire households amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Coronavirus cases across the UK increased to 116 in the past week and the first victim to the deadly virus in England was confirmed on Thursday. Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government Sir Patrick Vallance admitted the Government is now “looking at” the possibility of putting whole households in isolation in an attempt to keep the spread of COVID-19 under control in the UK. Sir Patrick said the Government is now modelling “more extreme” action after 30 new more cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the UK in less than 24 hours.

Speaking to Sky News, Sir Patrick said: “There are then more extreme versions when you think about households isolating as well.

“Self-isolation is possibly usually within houses, it means that you stay in your room, you get things delivered to it and stay there for 14 days.

“Household isolation would mean the household – that’s obviously a more extreme move.

“Again, we’re modelling that we’re looking at that in terms of what the options might be.”

The chief adviser confirmed the UK is now preparing to move on to the “delay” stage of their battle plan to combat COVID-19 after earlier attempts to contain the coronavirus with increased passenger screening at airports as well as “detecting and isolating” early cases.

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Coronavirus UK: Government ‘looking at’ isolating entire households amid COVID-19 outbreak

Coronavirus spreading across the UK could force the Government to put whole households in isolation (Image: SKY NEWS)

Coronavirus UK: Government ‘looking at’ isolating entire households amid COVID-19 outbreak

Sir Patrick insisted self-isolation should not be done “too early” or it could become ineffective (Image: SKY NEWS)

Sir Patrick however insisted measures of self-isolation should not be taken “too early” to ensure such precautions remain effective.

He continued: “It’s difficult, if you go too early you ask people to do things which aren’t effective for too long, by which time it becomes difficult to get the right motivation to do it,” he said.

“If you do it too late, then obviously you’ve missed the chance to make the big difference.

“So the timing of this is really, really important.”

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Speaking on BBC’s Question Time this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The Government has supplies of the key things that are needed, and, within the food supply, we are absolutely confident that there won’t be a problem there.

“And, crucially, we are working to make sure that if people are self-isolating, they will be able to get the food and supplies that they need.”

He added: “The very, very strong advice from the scientists, from the medics, is that people should not go buying more than they need.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a public health emergency of international concern, prompting the UK to raise its risk from low to moderate.

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The Government said it wants to lower the “peak” impact of the virus in the winter and prevent cases mixing with seasonal influenza.

The “catch it, bin it, kill it” campaign for personal hygiene will play a part as well, as it allows people to prevent the virus from spreading themselves.

During the delay phase, the Government will also work on emerging treatment options.

The Government said it wants to lower the “peak” impact of the virus in the winter and prevent cases mixing with seasonal influenza.

The “catch it, bin it, kill it” campaign for personal hygiene will play a part as well, as it allows people to prevent the virus from spreading themselves.

During the delay phase, the Government will also work on emerging treatment options.


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