- Britain has to change direction radically and do far more testing for possible cases of coronavirus, according to former health minister Jeremy Hunt.
- Boris Johnson announced strict new blocking measures on Monday, which means that people are only allowed to leave their homes once a day to pick up important supplies and do sports.
- However, before the blockade was announced, Hunt said that Britain would need to introduce testing and new rules for social distance, and warned that up to a million people could be infected by the end of next week, and said that the blockage in the UK may "also" "could be late."
- He said, "How can we possibly suppress the virus if we don't know where it is?"
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The UK government may have left it "too late" for the national corona virus to be blocked. The former British Health Minister warned that a million people should be infected by next week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a strict national ban Monday night, which means that people are only allowed to leave their homes once a day to buy essential supplies and play sports.
Johnson hopes the measures will slow the spread of the disease in the UK, where there were 6,650 confirmed cases and 335 deaths on Monday 23 March.
Jeremy Hunt, who served as Minister of Health for six years until 2018, told the House of Commons on Monday shortly before the new measures were announced that so-called "social distancing measures" alone would not be enough to contain the disease.
And in a sharp warning, Hunt warned that it could be "too late" to prevent Britain from following the same path as Italy, which has killed over 6,000 to date, but he said those soon introduced by Boris Johnson Blocking measures afterwards were the only ones that gave Britain "any chance at all".
Hunt said the government's decision to stop reviewing so-called community cases – those who were not hospitalized – should be reversed and urged the government to follow suit from countries like South Korea and Singapore.
These countries have pursued an aggressive strategy of testing a larger number of suspected coronavirus carriers than the UK, then isolating isolated cases and tracking down everyone they have had contact with.
"Ten days ago we went in the opposite direction in this country and stopped testing in the community," he said.
"How can we possibly suppress the virus if we don't know where it is? We have tragically had 281 deaths so far.
"According to the model makers, there is approximately one death per 1,000 cases, which means that we have almost 300,000 cases in this country.
"According to the same model makers, the number of cases doubles every five days, which means we'll have about 1 million cases or more in this country by the end of next week. If we don't change direction radically, we won't know where this is Are a million cases. "
The more aggressive test strategies seem to have been very successful so far. In South Korea and Singapore, only two people died in each country after testing positive for the disease, compared to 281 deaths in the UK to date.
Boris Johnson announced the new blocking measures on Monday evening, saying that people are only allowed to leave their homes for "very limited purposes" for at least three weeks, including shopping for essentials, collecting medicines, daily training and traveling and from work where it was not possible to work at home.