The government is facing a backlash because it hasn’t closed the schools. Concerned parents are complaining that other countries are doing more to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Boris Johnson and Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Officer, insisted that it was not the right time to close schools.
But Amanda Savage-Sperka from Worcestershire keeps her eleven-year-old son Sylvester away because of health problems in the family. She said, “I’m not ready to be one of Bojo’s stats.”
Here we examine the UK’s strategy for schools and other key areas compared to other countries:
The decision to keep schools open is contrary to the UK’s guidelines on reducing social contact.
Almost 40 countries, including Italy, France, Spain and Ireland, have all closed their schools.
British health chiefs think for the time being that they should stay open because children are at low risk and if they stay at home they could infect grandparents or other caregivers. NHS workers with children may be forced to take care of them.
Education leaders say schools may have to close because staff get sick. Unions worry about the impact of exams and children on free school meals.
The universities are expected to close on March 31, as many already only offer lectures online.
Many foreign students may not be able to return to the UK if they return to Europe, the United States or the Far East due to travel restrictions.
Police and army
New powers are being unveiled today that will allow the police to arrest people or push them back to their homes if they are infected and unable to isolate themselves.
Police chiefs must prioritize serious crimes and time-sensitive investigations.
Officers have been trained to deal with riots or looting, and the troops are on standby. The Royal Logistics Corps is already helping councils, and army drivers can be recruited to supply supermarkets and gas stations.
Service personnel are brought to work with the emergency services when the number of employees decreases due to illness.
The government has asked manufacturing companies to manufacture fans.
Great Britain currently has only around 5,000 inhabitants, far less than Italy and Germany.
The prime minister has ordered the NHS to buy 8,000 private hospital beds, and hotels can be used as temporary hospitals.
Elective operations such as hip prostheses are canceled and operating theaters are prepared as intensive care units.
Recently retired doctors are asked to return, and nursing and medical students will fill the wards last year. Health chiefs believe we are three weeks behind Italy, where hospitals are overwhelmed.
Everyone must avoid pubs, clubs, theaters and other social facilities and stop unnecessary travel.
The government has effectively canceled all mass meetings and sporting events by declaring that it will no longer provide rescue workers.
Scotland has advised against mass gatherings of more than 500 people.
The Premier League was suspended until April 4, as was top football in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
Meetings of more than 100 people are prohibited in France. Broadway shows in New York are closed for one month.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have ended across Ireland. Saudi Arabia has stopped the entry of pilgrims visiting holy sites.
In Spain, citizens are only allowed to work or buy food for emergencies. Speakers on police cars or drones tell them to go home.
Meetings of more than five people are prohibited in Geneva, Switzerland.
Support for low-wage workers
Those who are advised to isolate themselves receive statutory sick pay of £ 95 per week. Temporary workers, the self-employed and gig economy employees are not entitled to SSP and fear that the unemployment benefit that is set too high or the universal loan will come too late.
The Danish government pays 75% of workers’ wages; in Norway the redundant are paid in full for 20 days, while the self-employed receive 80% of their median income.
France has banned layoffs and Italy will have no layoffs during the crisis and mortgages, rents and household bills have been suspended.
Air traffic is practically at a standstill. The EU has proposed a 30-day travel ban for foreigners.
Our Federal Foreign Office has advised against traveling to more than 30 countries.
There are restrictions in and from countries such as the USA, Spain, Norway and Poland.
Ferries to mainland Europe offer a reduced service. Eurostar is operating normally, but this could change if France imposed restrictions.
Secretary of Transport Grant Shapps meets with train chiefs to discuss the decline in passenger numbers.
The government has been criticized for not doing enough to monitor the spread of the disease.
Last week the UK said it would no longer test everyone with symptoms, only those in hospitals.
While South Korea tests 20,000 people a day, England only tests 1,500 a day, although it is now planned to increase that number to 10,000.
# 10 has signaled that NHS employees will be tested after a leaked document claims that this is not due to lack of capacity. Forecasts of the pandemic in the UK must be based on estimates.
Environment Minister George Eustice met grocery suppliers and supermarkets yesterday to ensure “continuity of supply”. No10 warned of panic buying that has already been seen across the UK, but has ruled out rationing.