According to reports, the 20th confirmed case in the UK is a man living in Surrey, who has no recent record of going abroad, and is the first case of infection in the UK mainland.
Chris Whitty, Englands chief medical officer, said the man infected three of the new cases on March 1, the BBC reported. Another confirmed patient in Essex had no travel records and was unable to know where the infection came from.
Of the other eight confirmed patients, 6 recently visited Italy and 2 returned from Iran.
In addition, Scotland has one new confirmed case, the first in the region.
These areas are located in London, West Yorkshire, Manchester, Hertfordshire (Hertfordshire) and Gloucestershire (Gloucestershire), respectively.
Johnson will hold an emergency meeting
On March 2, Johnson will hold a meeting of the British emergency response team (COBRA). The new coronavirus could be a test in the next few weeks, maybe even months, he said. But I am sure that with the help of the NHS and the national medical staff, we can pass and defeat this test.
In addition, the British government will announce the epidemic prevention plan, and health minister Matt Hancock said in a media interview that the British government will launch the epidemic prevention plan, and all means will not be excluded, including banning large-scale activities, closing schools, and persuading people to take public transport.
But he said these measures would only be implemented in the worst case.
In addition, the government may need to recall newly retired medical staff. If the situation worsens further, people may be encouraged to work from home.
Infographic: British Prime Minister Johnson.
The report pointed out that due to the possible lack of teaching staff in some campuses due to the epidemic, the government plans to urgently legislate to relax the class size limit and may also switch to outdoor classes. Other contingency mechanisms include easing the maximum 56 hours a week for truck drivers to avoid supply chain strain due to lack of manpower. If the situation worsens further, military doctors may invest in NHS hospital assistance.
In addition, the British government will set up a war room composed of scientists and media experts, which is responsible for providing information to the public, making posters and promoting them on social networks. For the public, it is necessary to use soap to wash hands for more than 20 seconds.
The Scottish government has announced a pneumonia test for all patients with flu symptoms, regardless of travel history in the affected area.