The SARS-CoV-2 virus that first appeared in January in Wuhan, China, has spread to Germany, along with over 150 other countries. The virus causes a respiratory illness called COVID-19, which causes flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever, runny nose and fatigue. There have also been reports of difficulties breathing, an itchy throat, headaches, joint pains, nausea, diarrhea, and shivering.
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spreads from person to person through infected respiratory droplets, such as saliva or mucus. Transmission can take place indirectly through contact between hands and the mucous membranes of the mouth, the nose or the conjunctiva of the eyes.
There are many things we still don’t know about this infection, but it seems to be highly contagious and much more dangerous than a normal flu, particularly to people suffering from preexisting health conditions or in advanced age. This is still a rapidly unfolding situation.
Coronavirus news from the UK
March 26, 2020
The EU has launched a continent-wide impetus for obtaining more ventilators, but the UK won’t be a part of it because of Brexit.
UK becomes biggest donor in the search for a vaccine, donating the equivalent of $254 million.
More than 6,650 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher, according to the BBC.
Boris Johnson has announced a raft of tough new measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The measures require people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes Close non-essential shops and community spaces. Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public.
Criticism continues to mount regarding the country’s initial outbreak approach. Editor-in-Chief of the Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical scientific journals publishes a scorching article, criticizing initial lack of action.
Scottish exams canceled for the first time in history.