The British government of Boris Johnson is preparing to review its policy of containing the pandemic in the face of the ineluctable progress of the coronavirus in European neighbors, and the doubling of the number of deaths, to a total of 21, according to media this Saturday.
The 10 new deaths registered affect people who are part of “risk” groups, that is, the elderly or those with other pathologies that make them vulnerable, the country’s chief health officer, chief physician Chris Witty, said in a statement.
The United Kingdom released the number of 1,000 affected on Saturday. Of the 1,140 confirmed cases, 342 were confirmed in the last 24 hours.
According to the media, the government is preparing emergency legislation for parliament to pass next week, including banning large concentrations of the public.
World-class events such as the Wimbledon tennis tournament or the Glastonbury music festival, both scheduled for June and July, would be affected. Likewise, the Grand National horse racing, in early April, and Royal Ascot, in June, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Official instructions at the moment are for those with symptoms to stay home for a week.
The government assures that this gradual policy will allow the population to accept tougher measures when the crisis peak, and also to assess the impact of heat on the virus.
“We can talk theoretically, but at the moment we are in a situation where we have to act,” said the spokeswoman for the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday.
“We do not have enough information about this virus,” he added.
Football Premier League matches, the London Marathon or local elections in May have already been canceled to combat the spread of the pandemic.