‘Slim to zero’ chance of avoiding coronavirus epidemic in UK, warns chief medic – The Sun03/05/2020
THE spread of coronavirus has 'next to no chance' of being stopped according to Britain's top medic as the Government is forced to step up its response to the disease.
Coronavirus cases have jumped to 90 across the UK after three more positive tests were confirmed in Scotland today, following their biggest 24-hour jump to date.
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Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England and Wales, today said the UK has 'mainly' moved into the second 'Delay' stage of its fight against the disease.
This means health chiefs believe it is inevitable the virus will spread across the country and efforts will be made to slow it down, rather than stop it.
It could also see large public events, such as Premier League fixtures or next month's Grand National, come under threat.
Prof Whitty said: "The original plan… was very much predicated on the idea of 'if it could be controlled in China and contained everywhere else, this virus might go away'.
"I think the chances of that happening are now very slim. Slim to zero."
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