2020 Coronavirus Pandemic
The UK Government website constantly updates to provide statistics for COVID-19 cases; those who have been tested, how many have come back positive and how many people in the UK have died as a result.
As of 9 am on 25th March 2020, there have been 8,077 confirmed cases of people testing positive for the coronavirus.
So far, 422 people have died from the COVID-19 virus.
The risk level is high which is the highest level that can be assigned to the virus.
The risks of the virus are particularly prevalent to the over-50s and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases.
Worldwide, over 436,481 cases and 19,643 deaths. The majority of fatality cases have been aged 50 and over, with some younger cases who had underlying health conditions.
The UK's response to the risks
This includes phases to contain and delay the virus as well as putting plans in place to ensure that those most at risk have the proper equipment and services available to them; the plan also covers the financial risk the virus poses to businesses.
Despite setting the risk level to high, the UK Government has not yet decided to follow the lead of Italy, China, Norway, among others, by placing the country in lockdown.
However, a scientific advisor for the Government has suggested that the UK is four weeks away from reaching the stage Italy is currently at.
Businesses and schools remain open and the onus is on people and businesses to make their own decisions in regards to the action they wish to take.
It is also the responsibilities of people to follow the Government's guidelines on preventing the spread of the virus such as washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds at a time (our advanced hand sanitiser kills 99.99% of coronaviruses) along with sneezing or coughing into a tissue and disposing of it immediately.
However, the Government has announced plans to ban large gatherings of people in the UK; it is not clear how many people constitutes a large gathering but the Scottish Government plans to ban gatherings of more than 500 people.
Some entertainment venues have already taken to limit the number of people who can attend events if not cancelling events altogether.
Before the Government announced this, the plan was for sport in the UK to continue as normal despite the outbreak.
However, a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 among sports stars and personnel has led to the immediate halt to sports including football and F1 with players and personnel either infected or in self-isolation as a precautionary measure.
It was the organisations of the different sports which made the call to cancel events rather than being enforced by the Government.
Self-management and self-isolation among people and businesses seems to be the way forward to mitigate the risk of the virus continuing to spread as people act of their own accord. Click here to discover how you can protect yourself from the virus.
With the Government announcing plans to ban large gatherings so shortly after their advice was for people to carry on as normal, it is possible further action will become enforceable in the coming weeks rather than simply as a suggestion.
More on the outbreak
- COVID-19 hotspots
- Why is the virus so dangerous?
- Coronavirus: what you need to know
- Coronavirus: Learn the truth
- Advice for businesses suffering from the impact of COVID-19
- The signs and symptoms of coronavirus
- What treatment is available for COVID-19?
- Several steps you can take to protect yourself against the possibility of contracting COVID-19
- Face masks: Do I need one?