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12 March 2020

Government announces move from 'contain' to 'delay' phase of COVID-19 plan and self-isolation for everyone with symptoms

Summary

The government announces that the UK is moving out of the 'contain' phase and into 'delay'. The UK chief medical officers raise the COVID-19 risk to the UK from 'moderate' to 'high'. The first self-isolation measures are introduced for people with symptoms regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, says, 'I must level with you, level with the British public, many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time' [...] 'There is no escaping the reality that these measures will cause severe disruption across our country for many months.' Moving to 'delay' also means that testing is prioritised for those most at risk of severe illness from the virus (those meeting the Public Health England (PHE) inpatient definition or where an outbreak has occurred in a residential or care setting).

Source(s)

Gov.uk press release

Gov.uk speech – Prime Minister's statement on COVID-19