Coronavirus: UK Health Secretary says NHS to cancel, delay non-emergency operations

17 Mars, 2020, 01:45 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Matt Hancock in the House of Commons

Pressed on when the measure will be introduced, he said: 'Certainly in the coming weeks, absolutely'.

"We will stop at nothing to fight this virus and I think people have got the impression otherwise", Hancock said.

The minister for health said coronavirus posed "a very significant challenge" that will "disrupt the lives of nearly everybody" in the UK.

- Public Health England (PHE) said people in the community with a fever or cough do not usually need testing. We've been buying ventilators for several weeks now but we also need to manufacture more and as we've discussed in the House.

Experts on the UK's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) set out the need for extra action to slow the spread of the disease, advising that the next interventions "will need to be instituted soon".

Older people are at the highest risk of contracting Covid-19. Now, there are 1,391 confirmed cases of coronavirus - official name COVID-19 - across the UK.

Hancock said there were 5,000 ventilators available at the moment, but that many times that number would be needed.

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Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte insisted on Sunday that his government was paying "maximum attention" to the outbreak in the north. Lombardy, the heavily populated area around the financial capital Milan, has been the worst-affected region with 1,218 deaths.

The total number of confirmed United Kingdom cases of the virus has reached 1372, with a total of 40,279 people being tested, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care.

However, both of his proposals had already been learned by individual reporters while Mr Hancock wrote an article on tackling the pandemic for the Telegraph, which initially published it online under a paywall and so was not freely available to the public.

Mr Hancock also confirmed a report that emergency legislation being drawn up by the Government will include allowing police the power to arrest infected citizens.

Negotiations are also taking place with private health firms about access to their hospital beds.

- Following the U.S. travel ban, the Foreign Office has advised against "all but essential travel" to the US.

Elsewhere, the Society for Acute Medicine warned that one of the biggest issues facing the NHS in tackling coronavirus is staffing.

In a statement, the group said West End theatres will "remain closed until further notice".

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