The U.K. Government has issued new guidance for the public as part of a plan to try and delay the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. According to Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, more than 5,000 individuals could be infected with coronavirus in the U.K. at present. Also, the Public Health England has released new stay-at-home guidance for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, especially if they are exhibiting two important symptoms, Birmingham Live mentioned.

Symptoms of coronavirus to watch out to self-isolate oneself:

  1. High temperature
  2. New persistent cough

Per the government’s new advice, people are asked not to go to work, school or other public places or use public transportation if they are exhibiting these above-mentioned symptoms.

The guidance also urges those exhibiting even mild symptoms of infection to remain at least two meters away from other people, both indoors and outdoors and to sleep alone.

Confirmed and suspected cases of coronavirus infection are also requested to use a separate bathroom from the others, if possible. They are also asked to self-isolate themselves for at least a week, as most people will no longer be likely to transmit the virus a week after the symptoms arise.

The Prime Minister has also warned that the coronavirus advice is likely to be expanded soon.

"At some point in the next few weeks we are likely to go further and if someone in a household has those symptoms then we will be asking everyone in that household will stay at home. I want to signal now that this is coming down the track. We've all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation,” Birmingham Live quoted Mr. Johnson.

He also mentioned that, while some people compare it to seasonal flu, the lack of immunity has made COVID-19 more dangerous.

"It is going to spread further and I must level with you, I must level with the British public: many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time," he added.

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