Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said Britain is facing a significant phase of stringent measures to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.
However, he refused to predict closely how long the stringent measures that has forced folks to stay at home could end. He said it would depend on how people behaved and how the virus peaked. He also added that it was vital to comply with the rules of social distancing.
In the UK, 19 522 cases, 1228 deaths from the virus and 135 recoveries have been confirmed. England has had 190 deaths and the NHS has indicated that it is 39 to 105 years old.
The British Prime Minister has written to all households indicating the crisis will worsen before it gets better. In the same letter addressed to 30 million households, the prime minister warmed that the stricter measures could be enforced if necessary.
Last week we saw strict measures, including banning public gatherings of more than two people and closing shops that do not sell essential goods to combat the spread of the virus.
People were also told to leave their homes only under certain circumstances. This included shopping for basic needs, finding medical care, traveling to or from work when it is not possible to work from home, and exercising.
Experts predict an increase in coronavirus cases and deaths over the next two to three weeks, before the imposed social distancing measures and everyday restrictions show initial results.
When asked during the Andrew Marr’s BBC show , Mr. Gove didn’t make an accurate prediction, but everyone in the UK should prepare for a significant period of time when the measures are still in effect.
He added that it is a wish to predict when the situation will end, but it is vital that people adhere to the strict social distancing guidelines that have been established at the moment and for the coming weeks.
According to him, the peak of this crisis in Britain will depend on people’s behavior. He added that it is neither a fixed point nor a date on the calendar and that this can be affected by our actions.
When asked by Scottish chief physician Catherine Calderwood during a host on BBC radio, to respond to claims that current measures could continue until June, she said that at least 13 weeks of such stringent measures would be required to stop the spread of this virus among people.
If the measures are removed in a shorter period of time, the virus can reappear, as has been observed in other countries.
And when asked how long people should be outside to exercise, Mr. Gove said that everything depends on each fitness plan. At the moment, the government has no set limits for such, but people are encouraged to stay local and avoid social distance as possible.
Meanwhile, health minister Matt Hancock said the government is currently testing 10,000 people a day and is working to test over 25,000 people daily by mid-April. In the test, medical personnel were brought to the front to determine whether they had the virus.
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