British authorities present plan for coronavirus pandemic

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In the event of a coronavirus pandemic in Britain, the armed forces may be involved in public order, schools will be closed, and employers will transfer employees to work at home, the government’s plan to combat the disease says.

“The Ministry of Defense has plans to support activities in the UK and abroad. There are also practical arrangements to support (from the Ministry of Defense) civil authorities, if so requested … We will continue to inform the public about the importance of hygiene procedures (hand washing and proper disposal of wipes and masks), people with symptoms will be explained by the need to stay at home throughout their illness,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.

The main task of the authorities will be to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize social and economic effects.

“Measures that may be introduced include closing schools, transferring employees to work from home, restricting numerous social events and meetings. This will slow down the spread of the virus among the population and enable the country to function normally,” the document says.

The plan also says that in case of mass spread of the virus in the country, special services can be transferred to a special mode of operation, when law enforcement agencies will only respond to serious crimes, devoting most of their time to maintaining public order. Clinics and medical facilities that do not provide vital services, as well as universities and colleges, may also be closed.

Currently, the government has already implemented part of the plan. In particular, in each ministry a deputy minister is appointed responsible for the fight against coronavirus, a special room has been created in the government office for operational meetings of government members, doctors and experts. The topic of coronavirus will be discussed at cabinet meetings weekly.


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