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Posted on 18 Mar 2020
What steps are being taken?
The government is taking arguably the most drastic steps in peacetime.
The public is essentially being asked to reduce social contact, with the strongest warnings for the most vulnerable.
Those who show symptoms, and those they live with, are being asked not to leave their homes.
§ Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help
§ Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women
§ People should work from home where they can
§ People should avoid places like pubs, clubs and theatres. This applies especially to those in London which is "a few weeks ahead" of the rest of the UK
§ People should stop all unnecessary travel
§ By the weekend, those with the most serious health conditions - around 1.4 million with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or asthma - should be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks