What is the UK now doing about coronavirus?
The UK government is attempting to delay the spread of coronavirus and reduce the epidemic’s peak (when the number of cases is highest).
It says that from Friday:
All people with flu-like symptoms – a fever above 37.8C or a persistent cough – should self-isolate (stay at home, away from other people) for seven days
Schools should not take trips abroad
Older people and those with pre-existing health conditions should avoid cruises
The government has other powers it could use to protect people from infection:
School closures and – once a new law is passed – allowing bigger class sizes if there are teacher shortages
Restrictions on the use of public transport
Stopping big gatherings