New anti-Covid-19 measures in the UK
The UK government has not ordered the closure of the country's schools in its latest package revealed on Monday to slowdown the spread of the coronavirus. But in a tightening of its policies introduced at the end of last week the government has now been forced by scientific and medical evidence to recognise that there should be more stringent controls, especially on the movement of people.
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The Financial Times has also reported that government is “scrabbling to piece together a design for a British-made medical ventilator from scratch.” The health minister has revealed that there are only 5,000 ventilators available at present and the government now estimates that probably about 30,000 will be needed. The Financial Times reports that most of the 60 manufacturers contacted have replied that it is unrealistic to think that a new, safe, all-British design, (a certified foreign design needs a licence) can be produced from materials available in the UK in that quantity in only two weeks. The government, which is weeks behind other European governments in its anti-coronavirus planning, is now worried that it will not be able to import supplies of such medical equipment from abroad in time to meet the crisis.
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