Matt Hancock says Covid-19 outbreak could force UK to shut down cities

The health secretary tells BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that the government is considering all options, from closing schools to banning large gatherings of people at sporting events or concerts, if the coronavirus continues to spread in the UK. Asked if it might follow the Chinese strategy of isolating cities with large outbreaks, he said: ‘We don’t take anything off the table at this stage’

In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Dr. Fauci: Pandemic Exposed ‘Undeniable Effects Of Racism’
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  • Nepal’s unprepared health system overwhelmed by worsening COVID-19 crisis
  • Canadian provinces to vaccinate kids 12+ as millions more COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive
  • WHO, CDC Recognize Risk of Virus Aerosols
  • In This Story: Matt Hancock

    Matt Hancock is a British Member of Parliament, who is serving as Health Secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    3 Recent Items: Matt Hancock

  • Increasing confidence that the UK’s vaccines work against the Indian variant, says Matt Hancock
  • Matt Hancock: unlocking will go ahead next week despite India variant
  • UK to make final lockdown easing decision on June 14, says Matt Hancock
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