10 things we’ve learnt about Coronavirus (Covid-19) over the last week
- March 6, 2020
- The virus has been confirmed as present in 78 countries (and counting) worldwide.
- The “Happy Birthday” song isn’t just for birthday celebrations – it’s also helping Brits wash their hands for the required number of seconds to thoroughly wash our hands – you just need to sing this twice! (approx. 20 seconds)
(Source: BBC News)
- Currently, 16,659 people have been tested in the UK and 85 have tested positive – that’s approximately only 0.005 %…. (Source: gov.uk website)
- The hand sanitiser shortage means that some hand sanitisers are been sold for as much as 23p per millilitre on eBay …. that’s 10 times more than the previous market value!
- Italy has closed schools and colleges for the next two weeks to help contain the outbreak. The UK Government are yet to take this measure.
- Boris Johnson is not ready to give up the handshake…just yet. West Ham and Newcastle football clubs, and the Scottish FA, have advised that their players don’t shake hands though.
- The most up-to-date information is released daily on the gov.uk website at 2pm every day.
- The UK Government has said that Statutory Sick Pay will be available from the first day that someone is self-isolating (SSP usually only kicks in after 4 days).
- Some businesses are choosing to cancel conferences and events as a precautionary measure.
- The Ireland vs Italy 6 Nations game has been postponed (it was supposed to be played in Italy)
If you are concerned about Coronavirus, or would like any more information regarding this, we would recommend that you check the NHS and gov.uk website links below: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response