The Cabinet Office is working with local councils on “Excess Death Contingency Planning”, the BBC has reported. Policy Editor at BBC Newsnight, Lewis Goodall, tweeted: “I understand the Cabinet Office has been in communication with local authorities about “Excess Death Contingency Planning” – effectively their “mass death preparedness” plans in the event of coronavirus being at upper end of worst case scenario.
“I am told that the topics in the Cabinet Office discussions include potential new (and perhaps mass) burial sites”.
This comes as Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the “world will soon enter a pandemic phases of the coronavirus”.
The virus continues to spread across the world with yesterday being the first day of more cases identified outside China than inside the country where it began.
It has now infected more than 82,000 people across the world and caused 2,772 fatalities.
Leaked government documents have claimed that Coronavirus could kill half a million Britons and infect 80 per cent of the UK population.
A total of 7,132 people have been tested in the UK for the virus, 7,119 have been confirmed negative and 13 positive.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate, which means the government is able to plan for all eventualities.
Health Minister Matt Hancock has said the government will launch a public information campaign to give advice to people concerned about the outbreak.
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7.39am update: WHO tries to calm down the concerned about their chances of contracting Coronavirus
They tweeted this morning: “If you are not in an area where #COVID19 is spreading, or if you have not travelled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has & is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low.”
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