Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting, Prime Minister Johnson said: "Some people compare it to seasonal flu, alas that is not right. Owing to the lack of immunity, this disease is more dangerous." Anyone with a 'new, continuous' cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for seven days, as the UK government moves to the 'delay' phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus. PM Johnson said there was no need to close schools at the moment - as the Republic of Ireland did just hours earlier. He explained: "The scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time - but of course we are keeping this under review and this again may change as the disease spreads."
Public Health England has released new guidance for those staying at home because they have symptoms of the virus - a cough or a temperature of 37.8C (100F) or more. The advice states:
- Not to go to work, school, or public areas, use public transport or taxis - or even for a walk
- Those with even mild symptoms of infection should stay at least two metres away from other people in their homes, and should sleep alone
- Those with confirmed or suspected cases should use a separate bathroom
This guidance was first reported by the Public Health England, click here for the original report.