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Britain announces a strategy to combat coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The British Ministry of Health has announced a strategy to combat coronavirus: a ministry will be responsible for coordinating efforts in this direction, funds will be allocated for an information campaign, and meetings of the emergency government committee will be held more often.

“In each ministry there will be a minister responsible for coordinating actions with other departments, the government will increase the number of COBRA meetings (this is an abbreviation for the name of the hall where such meetings are traditionally held – Cabinet Office Briefing Room A – ed.) The Prime Minister will hold a meeting on Monday at within the framework of coordinated measures,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement sent to RIA.

All four regions of the UK will work together, the agency stressed.

“Although we are now at the“ containment ”stage, when individual infected patients are taken to the hospital, and all their contacts are analyzed in detail, at the next stage we can resort to broader measures to ensure public safety and reduce pressure on the National Health Service,” indicated in the message.

In particular, the government does not exclude that it will ask for the retired medical specialists to temporarily go to work. The government is also considering whether to recommend companies to allow employees to work remotely whenever possible.

“The Prime Minister also instructed to create a government control center in which communications experts will develop a public information company and will quickly respond to emerging problems,” the Ministry of Health said.

“The Public Health Department has already checked more than 10 thousand patients, but all but 23 were not infected with the virus. The latest figures are published daily at 14.00,” the document says.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province). Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.

The number of infected in mainland China exceeded 79.8 thousand people, 2870 died, over 41.6 thousand were cured. Cases of infection outside the PRC were recorded, according to the latest WHO data, in 53 countries, the number of infected people exceeded 6 thousand, 86 people died. In Europe, the leader in the number of cases is Italy.

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