2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Coronavirus has entered a stage where it can no longer be contained in Britain and public health efforts must move towards delaying the spread, experts warned as cases soared.
Boris Johnson announced on Sunday the Government was establishing a 'war room' in the Cabinet Office, bringing together experts to respond to the growing crisis.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分The Prime Minister admitted the situation will get worse before it gets better, and said there would "clearly" be more cases as the virus "spread a bit more."
A further 13 people tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, including the first case in Scotland. It brings the total to 36 - a 57 per cent increase and the largest rise to date.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Two of those diagnosed over the weekend had not come into contact with people from abroad, leading officials to fear the spread could be worse as patients are harder to trace.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Scientists said it may be too late to "stem the tide" and warned that preventing a community-wide epidemic was looking "increasingly unlikely".
Entire cities could close
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, suggested entire cities could be closed to stem the spread and police could be used to force people to self isolate in their homes.
The virus has now spread to 60 countries, infecting more than 87,000 people and killing nearly 3,000, including one British man who was quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan.
Mr Johnson will on Monday chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency COBRA committee, to finalise a "battle plan" of countermeasures.
"The number of coronavirus cases around the world is rising every day - and the UK is no exception," he said. "There now seems little doubt that it will present a significant challenge for our country."
Mr Hancock said it was inevitable that the UK would soon move from the 'containment' level to the 'delay' stage.
He said the Government was also considering closing schools and banning large events, such as football matches, to control the infection rate
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分US president Donald Trump said air passengers travelling to the US from high risk countries would be screened on arrival, although no similar steps are being taken in Britain for fear of false negatives.
But extra emergency powers will be enacted this week to help the Government prepare for the looming crisis and Mr Hancock said police could already hold people in isolation if they refuse to be quarantined.
"Under the worst case scenario we would have to take some quite significant actions that would cause social and economic disruption," the health secretary told the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分"It may be necessary to close some schools and other so-called population distancing measures.
"Should we move from the 'contain' phase, and the scientists tell us it’s inevitable, then we’re into the delay phase where we have to take action."
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分 Asked if entire cities could be isolated, Mr Hancock said the Government was not taking "anything off the table."
Row brewing over EU warning system
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分However the Telegraph has learned Downing Street and the Department of Health are involved in a row over whether Britain will retain membership of an EU pandemic warning system used to stem the SARS and bird flu outbreak.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Senior health advisors have warned against pulling out of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) but Number 10 fear membership could hamper negotiations.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分It is understood Mr Hancock was told he could not travel to Europe to meet other health ministers and coordinate the response to coronavirus because Britain has now left the EU.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty announced the 12 new cases on Sunday, and confirmed that six had recently travelled from Italy, where the death toll has risen to 34 and confirmed cases rose to 1,576 - a 40 per cent rise in just 24 hours.
Two of the Italian cases were teaching staff at schools in Reading and the Cotswolds, and last night, children as young as five were facing two weeks in quarantine.
Parents from the Willow Bank Infant School in Reading were told a female member of staff had tested positive after a holiday in northern Italy - and had since spent one day in class.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Her pupils, colleagues and family are now in self-isolation, while the school has had to close due to staff shortages. A similar story was unfolding in the Cotswolds, where the headteacher of St Mary's primary school in Tetbury said a member of staff had also tested positive.
Two new confirmed cases were linked to Iran, while three were contacts of the first patient to catch the virus in the UK. He is from Surrey.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分None of the trio - one more from Surrey and two from West Sussex - are GPs nor health workers.
The first positive case of coronavirus in Scotland was also confirmed on Sunday. The patient had recently travelled back from Italy and lives in the Tayside area.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Dr Bharat Pankhania, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, said families of those at risk should also be made to self-isolate to prevent the spread. "It might sound draconian, but the more cases we have the more cases we will get and it may already be too late to stem the tide," he said.
Another new case, from Essex, had no links to anyone who had travelled abroad which public health experts said was especially worrying. Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Nottingham, said: "We know from Italy, Iran and South Korea that once a case of infection is present where the source cannot be identified, then these have been part of much larger community chains of transmission.
"That’s probably the reason that case numbers have increased, and are likely to increase further. It highlights just how easy this virus can spread under the radar. We all need to be aware that this virus might be anywhere."
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Virologists warned that the rapid spread of the virus suggested that a widespread epidemic was almost inevitable. Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at the University of East Anglia (UEA), said: "The recent sharp increase in the number of reported cases in the UK is a reminder, if any were needed, that we are moving into the next stage of the epidemic.
"We can expect to see further increases in the next few days. Although it may still be possible to prevent a community wide epidemic this is looking increasingly unlikely and we should be prepared to cope with a more widespread epidemic on our shores."
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London, and a government advisor on pandemics, said it was time for people to start stockpiling at least four weeks worth of prescription medication as well as extra provisions during their weekly shops.
2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Mr Hancock said the government was ramping up the number of emergency care beds available for coronovorius patients and said that retired doctors and nurses may be called back to assist.