Coronavirus now pandemic Confirmed World Health Organization

The coronavirus outbreak has been officialy labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The number of cases increased outside China over the past two weeks, says WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

He said he was “deeply concerned” by “alarming levels of inaction” over the virus.

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He called on governments to change the course of the outbreak by taking “urgent and aggressive action”.

“Several countries have demonstrated that this virus can be suppressed and controlled,” he said.

“The challenge for many countries who are now dealing with large clusters or community transmission is not whether they can do the same – it’s whether they will.”

The UK National Lottery’s operator has reopened its offices after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

 

Budget Today announced help

The measures put in place to mitigate the effect of the coronavirus outbreak include:

Statutory sick pay for “all those who are advised to self-isolate” even if they have not displayed symptoms
Business rates for shops, cinemas, restaurants and music venues in England with a rateable value below £51,000 suspended for a year
A £500m “hardship fund” to be given to local authorities to help vulnerable people in their areas
“Fiscal loosening” of £18bn to support the economy this year, taking the total fiscal stimulus to £30bn
A “temporary coronavirus business interruption loan scheme” for banks to offer loans of up to £1.2m to support small and medium-sized businesses
The government will meet costs for businesses with fewer than 250 employees of providing statutory sick pay to those off work “due to coronavirus”
Those on in-work benefits who get ill will be able to “claim from day one instead of day eight”.

The Bank of England cuts interest rates to 0.25% in an attempt to shore up the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

UK health minister Nadine Dorries says she has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating.