Coronavirus update

The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser gave a public scientific briefing at 11am this morning on how the COVID-19 coronavirus is spreading in the UK – and the role that everyone has to play in helping to control the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

  • The trend in the UK is heading in the wrong direction and we are at a critical point in the pandemic. The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser have given a public briefing to explain how the virus is spreading and the potential scenarios as we move into what will be a very challenging winter period. 
  • From next week, people will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace – recognising that self-isolation is one of the most powerful tools for controlling the virus. New fines for those breaching the rules will start at £1,000, but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and for the most egregious breaches. 
  • The best way we can fight this virus is by everyone following the rule of six; wash your hands; cover your face; make space; and self-isolate if you have symptoms or if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
The full text of the briefing given by Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty this morning can be found here.


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