Coronavirus: ‘UK has not seen the worst of it yet’

The peak of the outbreak is still to come, predicts health secretary Matt Hancock

The peak of the outbreak is still to come, predicts health secretary Matt Hancock

England’s health secretary Matt Hancock with his German counterpart Jens Spahn  Picture: PA

Coronavirus has yet to reach its peak in the UK, with more cases expected, health secretary Matt Hancock predicts.

His comments come as the RCN published a resource to support nurses in their understanding and management of coronavirus.

The resource, which will be updated as circumstances change, has information on:

  • How staff can protect themselves.
  • Infection prevention.
  • Home isolation.
  • Travel.

Read our clinical update on how to spot Wuhan novel coronavirus

‘Working to slow the spread of virus’

Mr Hancock commented on the issue ahead of a meeting with German health minister Jens Spahn.

He said: ‘We have a full plan in place to treat all those who have symptoms and test positively for coronavirus and we are working with international partners both to slow the spread and to do the research to find a vaccine.’ 

To date in the UK, two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, with 326 tests returning negative. 

A total of 94 UK nationals and family members evacuated from Wuhan, China, are undergoing 14 days' quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside.

The global number of cases stand at 20,438, with the death toll currently 425.

Officials are still trying to trace 239 people who flew from the Chinese city to the UK after the coronavirus outbreak but before travel restrictions associated came into force.

The government donated £20 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations on 3 February to help find a vaccine for the virus.

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