UK government declares coronavirus a ‘serious and imminent threat to public health’

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Health Minister Matt Hancock revealed the new measures this morning in an announcement that gives the government additional powers to fight the spread of the virus.

A statement from the health ministry said: “In accordance with Regulation 3, the Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel Coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health.

Mr Hancock has also designated two hospitals in England, where people evacuated from Wuhan have been transferred to, as “isolation” facilities.

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