- 13 Feb 2020, 21:35
- Updated: 13 Feb 2020, 21:35
THE NHS Chief executive has revealed many more people in the UK may need to self-isolate in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Sir Simon Stevens gave the warning as it was revealed the killer bug is worse than Ebola, SARS and Swine Flu.
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CHINA CHANGES TACK AFTER CRITICISM
Chinese health bosses have changed the way they tally up coronavirus cases after facing heavy criticism which saw some top officials sacked.
Whereas before China were only counting cases once someone tested positive, now chest imaging and other medical diagnoses are involved.
It comes after there were calls among US health officials for China to be clearer and more transparent with their data.
Robert Glatter of Lenox Hill Hospital said: ” The lack of reliable information combined with a highly transmissible virus is problematic, to say the very least”.
NHS CHIEF WARNS ‘MANY MORE PEOPLE MAY NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE’
The chief executive of the NHS has said many more people in the UK may need to self-isolate in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Sir Simon Stevens issued the warning after more than 80 people quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral were allowed to leave following 14 days in isolation.
The group were the first to be flown out of the Chinese city Wuhan – the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak – by the Foreign Office and back to the UK
INFLUX OF RESEARCH ON KILLER FLU
Reports say over 70 research studies have been published on coronavirus since the outbreak in January.
It comes as scientists scramble to understand the 2019-nCoV.
Experts have warned it could be 18 months before a vaccine as researchers desperately try to get to grips with the strain.
TOKYO 2020 WILL NOT BE CANCELLED SAYS OLYMPIC CHIEF
British Olympic chiefs are moving forward with their plans for Tokyo 2020, despite the growing concern of coronvairus, now officially named covid-19.
The spread of the deadly virus forced International Olympic Committee bosses and Tokyo organisers to vow the Games will go ahead in July and August.
Organisers remain adamant the killer bug is no threat to The Games and have ruled out a cancellation.
The last Games to be cancelled were in 1940, when they were first due to be held in Tokyo.
ANIMAL LOVERS BREAKING INTO WUHAN HOMES TO FEED ABANDONED PETS
Residents in virus-stricken Wuhan have been breaking into people’s homes to feed the pets left behind after scores fled before the lockdown.
One 43-year-old resident is reported to have shimmied up a drainpipe to a third-floor-apartment building to feed an elderly couple’s abandoned cats.
The cats’ owners had reportedly been out of the region on a trip and were unable to return after the virus broke.