15th March 2020 – United Kingdom – 1,372 (+232) Cases ¦ 35 (+14) Deaths
10:41 Expect widespread disruption – UK health minister
More on what UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday morning about government plans to tackle the outbreak.
He told the BBC the UK had not ruled out following other countries by ordering the closure of restaurants, bars and other shops to prevent the virus spreading.
When asked if ministers were planning on shutting up shops other than pharmacies and supermarkets, Mr Hancock told the BBC: “We haven’t ruled that out, we will do what is necessary.”
He said efforts to fight the virus would “dirsupt the lives of almost everybody” in the country.
Addressing concerns about a lack of NHS ventilators, to help patients with the most severe symptoms, Mr Hancock acknowledged the 5,000 already available would not be enough. He said the government would be urging manufacturers to produce as many as possible.