Another 42 people have tested positive for coronavirus in 24 hours, bringing the UK total to 206.
It was announced by The Department of Health on Saturday that 21,666 people had been tested across Britain.
The new figures come after allegations that the second person to die from the virus in the UK was left ‘coughing excessively’ on a shared ward for up to seven hours before being moved into isolation.
The grandfather in his 80s passed away at Milton Keynes Hospital on Friday after he was admitted on March 3 with suspected pneumonia having recently returned from a cruise on which he visited several countries. It follows the death of a woman in her 70s on Thursday who also had underlying health issues.
England’s top doctor has said efforts to battle coronavirus are moving into the next phase to reduce the speed at which the disease is spreading – rather than contain it.
It comes as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide passes the 100,000 mark with more than 3,300 fatalities.
Officials are currently deciding where to dock a cruise ship floating off the coast of California after 21 people on board tested positive for coronavirus.
The Grand Princess, which has 3,500 people on board including 140 Britons, is currently in international waters off San Francisco, USA, but authorities want it to dock in a non-commercial port so all passengers and crew can be tested.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned the public
cannot bank on the illness slowing down for summer.
On Friday, WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a
news briefing: ‘(The epidemic) is geographically expanding and deeply
‘We are continuing to recommend that all countries make containment their highest priority. In a globalised world, the only option is to stand together.’
Asked whether the virus may not spread as easily in Europe’s warm summer months, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies programme, said: ‘We do not know yet what the activity or the behaviour of this virus will be in different climatic conditions. We have to assume that the virus will continue to have the capacity to spread.
‘It is a false hope to say yes it will just disappear in summertime, like influenza virus…There is no evidence right now to suggest that that will happen.’
Humanitarian workers have also warned coronavirus could be a ‘disaster of unimaginable proportions’ for the more than 10,000 refugees crossing to the Greek Islands.
Help Refugees volunteer Hannah
Green, 28, told Metro.co.uk Covid-19 could ‘spread like wildfire’ if it reached
the overcrowded and insanitary camps where migrants attempting to leave Turkey have
been met with violence and tear gas.
Boris Johnson pledged a further £46 million for research into a
coronavirus vaccine and rapid diagnostic tests during a tour of a Bedfordshire
laboratory on Friday.
There is currently no vaccine available to protect the public against
Covid-19, but the prime minister said he hopes one will be ready in about a
Professor Whitty has previously said the UK ‘will not have a vaccine available for the first wave’ of a pandemic, but they are aiming to develop one for any future waves.
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