UK social distancing measures may last a year, government advisers say

A couple wearing surgical masks walk past empty outdoor restaurant seating through a near-empty Covent Garden central London on March 17, 2020 after the UK government announced stringent social distancing advice including avoiding pubs and restaurants as a measure to kerb the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. (AFP)
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Updated 20 March 2020

UK social distancing measures may last a year, government advisers say

  • The government might have to alternate between periods of more and less strict restrictive measures
  • “These would need to be in place for at least most of a year,” the advisors said

LONDON: Restrictive measures to minimize social interaction in Britain might need to be in place for a year to prevent the health service being overloaded, according to scientists advising the government.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies said in a document published on Friday that the government might have to alternate between periods of more and less strict restrictive measures.
“It was agreed that a policy of alternating between periods of more and less strict social distancing measures could plausibly be effective at keeping the number of critical care cases within capacity,” the advisers said.
“These would need to be in place for at least most of a year.”


Russia’s new COVID cases above 6,000 for second day in a row

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Russia’s new COVID cases above 6,000 for second day in a row

  • The country’s coronavirus crisis center said 79 people had died of the disease in the last 24 hours

MOSCOW: Russia reported 6,148 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the second straight day when the daily number of cases exceeded 6,000, taking the national tally of infections to 1,103,399.
The country’s coronavirus crisis center said 79 people had died of the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the Russian death toll to 19,418.