Coronavirus in the United Kingdom

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Coronavirus pandemic has covered almost all the world, and the United Kingdom, as one of the most developed and touristic countries (plus there are many travelers from the UK), isn’t an exception. So the country is now struggling with the new perilous disease. Below we’ll provide answers to the most frequently asked questions with regard to coronavirus in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

1. What Was the First Confirmed COVID-2019 Case in the UK?

The first COVID-2019 cases in the UK were revealed 31 January 2020. These were two Chinese citizens, one of whom was a student at the University of York. But it sees that these people didn’t spread the virus. The rise in cases of COVID began from 6 February, when it was reported about a man from Brighton who had recently travelled to Singapore. He infected several people in France and then in the United Kingdom.

2. Which UK Areas Are Mostly Affected by the Virus?

The data is as follows (in descending order):

  • Hampshire (the worst-hit area)
  • Lambeth
  • Birmingham
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Southwark
  • Brent
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster
  • Hertfordshire
  • Harrow
  • Sheffield
  • Cumbria and others.

3. How Many People Have Been Infected in the United Kingdom?

Data from Public Health England (24 Mar 2020): 8,077 confirmed cases, prevalently in England.

In February 2020, a group of researchers led by epidemiologist Neil Ferguson reported that about 60 percent of cases of the virus were not detected in travelers from China, respectively, the known picture of the incidence in the United Kingdom is incomplete.

5. How Many Individuals Have Died from the COVID Disease in the UK?

More than 400, as of 24 Mar 2020. Most of them had concomitant diseases and health condition affected by other factors.

6. What Measures Have Been Implemented by the UK Government?

Initially, the main public officials regarding actions against coronavirus claimed that the UK should adhere to open approach. They didn’t want to close borders and introduce very strict measures. 13 March Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, said in an interview that one of the goals of the community is to create a some kind of herd immunity. This position was widely criticized.

20 March, the UK government said that it will subsidize salaries of workers facing unemployment due to coronavirus, because the state ordered to close restaurants and pubs in order to slow down spread of the infection.

For the first time in history, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said, the government will pay folks their salaries instead of business.

24 March Boris Johnson outlined new strict measures to hinder spread of COVID, including a prohibition of public gatherings of more than 2 people and closing of non-essential shops.

7. What Are Predictions Regarding Coronavirus Pandemic in the UK?

Epidemiologists predict that the virus would infect about 60% of the country’s population in the worst case. The pandemic might end in several months, but some specialists say that it can last even 1-2 years (severely or relatively non-severely).

8. How Can I Protect Myself?

Follow recommendations of the government and stay home. If you leave home, use a face mask. This would not protect you from COVID, but remember that anyone can be a potential carrier. Masks are effective to prevent the virus from spreading. So if everyone uses masks, the risk to be contaminated or to infect others decreases.


At the moment, it seems unlikely that the UK will defeat the pandemic with minimal losses, while just a month ago many people thought that the COVID is not a big deal for Europe. Now Italy and Spain are suffering severely, and the number of infected people in the UK continues to rise. Hopefully, human losses won’t be huge.

There are several medicines which have proven efficiency in treating and preventing coronavirus. These are, in particular, Kaletra (lopinavir/ritonavir), chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine.

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