The health secretary has asked Britons not to participate in ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations this weekend, citing concerns about the lack of social distancing and increased transmission of COVID-19.
Although protests at Hyde Park were labelled as a socially-distanced event, this proved to be impossible due to the size of crowds.
Health professionals have pleaded for people to wear masks and stay two metres apart if they are still determined to attend.
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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)
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