UK Schools could close for two months to contain Coronavirus outbreak

UK Schools could be closed for more than two months if the coronavirus outbreak intensifies and becomes “out of control”, England’s chief medical officer has said.

Professor Whitty said if the virus becomes a global epidemic there could be a potential “social cost”, which may include cutting the number of mass gatherings and shutting schools for several weeks.

He said: “One of the things that’s really clear with this virus, much more so than flu, is that anything we do we’re going to have to do for quite a long period of time, probably more than two months.

Professor Whitty added: “If this becomes a global epidemic then the UK will get it, and if it does not become a global epidemic, the UK is perfectly capable of containing and getting rid of individual cases leading to onward transmission.”

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