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The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK almost doubled overnight to 21

A woman is pictured wearing a mask on Oxford Street this morning. Commuters across the country have reported that stations, cars and parking lots appear to be deserted from normal

The death rate from coronavirus in the UK almost doubled overnight, as ten other people died, bringing the country’s total to 21.

The dramatic increase in the number of deaths comes when Boris Johnson made the decision to ban all mass gatherings and sporting events next weekend.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of Health for England, said the ten who died “were among the risk groups”.

The total number of cases in the UK rose from 820 this morning to 1,145 this afternoon.

A woman is pictured wearing a mask on Oxford Street this morning. Commuters across the country have reported that stations, cars and parking lots appear to be deserted from normal

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK almost doubled overnight to 21

The UK death rate doubled overnight as ten other patients died from the coronavirus. The total number of cases in the UK rose from 820 this morning to 1,145 this afternoon

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer of Health for England, said the ten who died “were among the risk groups”. In the photo, a woman wearing a face mask on an Oxford street quieter than usual this morning

Woman wearing face mask walks Millennium Bridge with partner as coronavirus epidemic intensifies

Woman wearing face mask walks Millennium Bridge with partner as coronavirus epidemic intensifies

As the toll continues to rise, the World Health Organization has declared that Europe has become the epicenter of the pandemic and Donald Trump has confirmed that he will extend travel restrictions in Europe to the United Kingdom and to Ireland from Monday evening.

Mr Whitty said: “I am sorry to confirm that 10 other patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in England have died.

“The 10 people were among the risk groups. I understand that this increase in the number of deaths related to Covid-19 will be of concern to many.

“The public needs to know that all of the actions we are taking are aimed at saving lives and protecting the most vulnerable.

“Each of us has a role to play in achieving this. If you have a new, continuous cough or high temperature, stay home for seven days.

“I also encourage everyone to wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends who received this difficult news. I ask that their privacy be respected at this time. ”

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Europe is 40,677 and the number of deaths is 1,553. The World Health Organization has declared that Europe is the new epicenter of the virus

The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Europe is 40,677 and the number of deaths is 1,553. The World Health Organization has declared that Europe is the new epicenter of the virus

The dramatic increase in deaths comes when Boris Johnson (pictured today leading a coronavirus meeting in Downing Street) made the decision to ban all mass gatherings and sporting events next weekend .

The dramatic increase in deaths comes when Boris Johnson (pictured today leading a coronavirus meeting in Downing Street) made the decision to ban all mass gatherings and sporting events next weekend .

The first death in the UK from coronavirus was announced on March 5, and the announcement of 10 deaths on Saturday is by far the largest number of deaths announced in a single day in the UK since the start of the epidemic.

Meanwhile, a newborn baby in England who tested positive for the coronavirus is probably one of the youngest patients with the disease in the world.

The child and his mother were both tested positive in a hospital in north London and staff who had had contact with the couple were asked to isolate themselves.

The mother was rushed to hospital a few days earlier because of suspected pneumonia and she and her child are being treated in separate hospitals, The Sun reported.

The first death in the UK from coronavirus was announced on March 5, and the announcement of 10 deaths on Saturday is by far the largest number of deaths announced in a single day in the UK since the start of the epidemic.

The first death in the UK from coronavirus was announced on March 5, and the announcement of 10 deaths on Saturday is by far the largest number of deaths announced in a single day in the UK since the start of the epidemic.

Britain's once bustling and busy streets looked like ghost towns this morning and last night as businesses began announcing closing dates amid the coronavirus epidemic. Pictured: Oxford Street this morning

Britain’s once bustling and busy streets looked like ghost towns this morning and last night as businesses began announcing closing dates amid the coronavirus epidemic. Pictured: Oxford Street this morning

A professional body, UK Hospitality, has announced that people working in cafes, hotels and bars could lose their jobs by May if the laws are not changed. Pictured: a very quiet street in Cambridge this morning

A professional body, UK Hospitality, has announced that people working in cafes, hotels and bars could lose their jobs by May if the laws are not changed. Pictured: a very quiet street in Cambridge this morning

Worried buyer spotted head to toe in camouflage suit, complete with face mask and glasses while carrying 27 rolls of toilet paper in Bath

Worried buyer spotted head to toe in camouflage suit, complete with face mask and glasses while carrying 27 rolls of toilet paper in Bath

Woman in mask at Piccadilly Circus in London after Prime Minister said Covid-19 “is the worst public health crisis in a generation”

Buyers face partially empty shelves in London supermarket while consumers worry about product shortages due to coronavirus

Buyers face partially empty shelves in London supermarket while consumers worry about product shortages due to coronavirus

THE ROYAL VISITS ARE STOPPED

The Queen pictured at a previous Chelsea Flower Show, which may be scrapped this year

The Queen pictured at a previous Chelsea Flower Show, which may be scrapped this year

The Queen has canceled her public commitments for the foreseeable future as a “reasonable precaution” in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 93-year-old was scheduled to travel to Cheshire next week and Camden, north London, the following week, but the two visits have now been canceled, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.

Palace aides said yesterday that the Queen’s weekly private hearings with dignitaries such as the Prime Minister would continue.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have also postponed their official ten-day tour of Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan at the request of the British government.

And the Daily Mail has learned that royal officials are seriously considering not opening Buckingham Palace to the public this summer, which could cause a big hole in royal finances.

A spokesperson for the Palace said: “As a measure of reasonable precaution and for practical reasons in the present circumstances, changes are made to the Queen’s newspaper commitments.”

The newspaper said the woman had been tested at North Middlesex Hospital, but the result was not known until after the birth.

The North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust said: “Two patients from the North Middlesex University Hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“One has been transferred to a specialized center and another is being treated in an isolation room.

“ The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, therefore, following the advice of Public Health England, we regularly thoroughly clean the areas where patients are treated and the staff who were in close contact with them. patients were advised to isolate themselves. ‘

Other developments in the spread of Covid-19 include:

  • WHO said Europe has become the epicenter of the pandemic and the United States should extend European travel restrictions to the United Kingdom and Ireland starting Monday evening
  • Jet2 planes from the UK to Spain have returned to the air as the airline announced that it is canceling all flights to the country
  • The largest education union in Europe has written to the Prime Minister asking him to disclose his decision not to close schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales has increased by 22, bringing the total to 60
  • Apple announced the closure of all its stores outside of China

As the death rate in the UK doubled, it also became apparent that officials were discussing with companies ways to help millions of people work from home.

The ramping up of the government’s response is also believed to give the police the power to detain alleged victims of the virus “for a limited period”, if necessary, to prevent them from spreading the infection.

The Council’s nursing homes will also have legal flexibility to reduce their services if staffing constraints do not allow them to continue to provide current levels of support to their elderly residents.

Boris Johnson’s U-turn last night came after he flatly refused on Thursday to replicate the more aggressive measures taken by other countries to curb large rallies.

But it has come under increasing criticism from health experts and politicians, arguing that Britain is not doing enough to keep the public safe.

Just yesterday morning, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said canceling large gatherings was “eye-catching” but that the chances of getting a coronavirus by participating in such events were less than a visit to the pub.

Shoppers have been spotted in the curvy lines of supermarkets (photo, Savers in Wod Green, London) as they tried to get hold of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and canned goods

Shoppers have been spotted in the curvy lines of supermarkets (photo, Savers in Wod Green, London) as they tried to get hold of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and canned goods

British people buying panic are seen in a Tesco in London this morning, stocking toilet paper and essentials

British people buying panic are seen in a Tesco in London this morning, stocking toilet paper and essentials

Woman carries packs of toilet paper in Cardiff city center as buyers panic over essentials amid fears of isolation

Woman carries packs of toilet paper in Cardiff city center as buyers panic over essentials amid fears of isolation

Two masked women at Cambridge Circus in London after UK death rate overnight doubled from 11 to 21

Two masked women at Cambridge Circus in London after UK death rate overnight doubled from 11 to 21

A man in a mask in front of a poster in Covent Garden in London

A man in a mask in front of a poster in Covent Garden in London

Chaos has been reported in many supermarkets across the country as buyers panic about purchasing supplies due to fears of isolation

Chaos has been reported in many supermarkets across the country as buyers panic about purchasing supplies due to fears of isolation

A Whitehall source denied that the government had rejected previous scientific advice, saying the change of opinion reflected concerns over massive rallies of pressure on the police and ambulance that could be exhausted due to the virus.

EMERGENCY POWERS TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

GATHERING OF BAN MASS

Large public events, probably those of more than 500 people, will be canned next weekend.

REMEMBER VICTIMS OF SUSPECTED VIRUSES

Police will be given the power to detain people with coronavirus if necessary to stop the spread of the infection.

THE FORCE SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN OPEN

Ministers can force schools to stay open if teachers challenge the government and try to send students home.

LOWER CARE STANDARDS

The staff shortage due to the coronavirus makes counsel vulnerable to legal action if their services suffer.

However, the government is working to lower this threshold to ensure that dozens of authorities are not forced into regulation.

Faster burials

The government is implementing measures to speed up burials and cremations.

“We have drafted an emergency law to give the government the powers it needs to fight the coronavirus, including the power to stop mass rallies and compensate organizations,” the source said. “We will publish this legislation next week.”

Despite ban on large gatherings, Secretary of Education Gavin Williamson said schools will remain open to prevent parents from missing work and said he was “ particularly attentive to the tensions that were grouped together in the NHS.

Such pressure was exposed last night when it became clear that hospitals could stop treating the most seriously ill coronavirus victims if the epidemic escalates.

Poor prognosis patients can even be removed from ventilators for the benefit of those who have a better chance of survival.

A man in the late 1970s died in Buckinghamshire and a spokesman for Wycombe Hospital said he suffered from underlying health conditions.

In Birmingham, a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions died, as did another man in Wolverhampton and one in Leicester.

Two people died in London from the virus, but the Barts Health Trust did not disclose their age or whether they had underlying conditions.

In Leeds, a man in the 1990s who had “other significant health problems” died from the virus and a man in the 1980s died in Middlesex.

A man in his 60s died at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow and a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions died in Chester.

As a sign that the health crisis prevailed over party politics, the Labor party last night welcomed the government’s decision to ban mass rallies.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told BBC Newsnight: “I am glad the government made this decision tonight, I think it makes sense.

“We know we’re going to have to take drastic enough measures to contain the virus, and we have to take the public with us. I think this is an important measure. “

The dramatic acceleration of Downing Street’s efforts to fight the epidemic has occurred as follows:

  • A newborn in England has become the youngest victim in the world to test positive for coronavirus;
  • Hospitals are rapidly increasing their capacity for intensive care, and doctors say the services already look like “war zones” when they fill up with patients;
  • The Queen has canceled her public commitments for the foreseeable future as a “reasonable precaution”;
  • The police needed emergency powers to arrest virus suspects;
  • The boss of British Airways warned against the job cuts in a context of “crisis of global proportions like no other”;
  • Alistair Darling, who was chancellor during the 2008 financial crisis, said the government should consider massive bailouts for the airlines and other affected companies;
  • Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said schools remain open so parents don’t have to take time off to care for their children;
  • The University of Oxford has sent all undergraduates home, and some elementary schools have started monitoring the temperature of students at the door;
  • Donald Trump has declared a national coronavirus emergency to access $ 50 billion in funds and the United States is expected to extend travel restrictions in Europe to the United Kingdom and Ireland from Monday evening;
  • The World Health Organization has declared Europe to be the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic.

Yesterday, France became one of the last European countries to close all schools, universities and nurseries, after a similar decision taken by Ireland on Thursday.

The British government has said it will not close the schools yet, as evidence of its effectiveness is lacking, although it remains under study.

Williamson said schools and universities “should not close” because he urged education officials to follow medical and scientific advice during the epidemic.

As part of the new emergency powers, ministers will be able to force schools to stay open if teachers challenge the government and try to send students home, according to the Times.

Buyers line up at Tesco Extra checkouts at Surrey Quays, south-east London

Buyers line up at Tesco Extra checkouts at Surrey Quays, south-east London

Crowds have gathered on the paths next to Sainsbury's in Ladbroke Grove and Savers in Wood Green (photo), both in London, as the threat of a foreclosure looms

Crowds have gathered on the paths next to Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove and Savers in Wood Green (photo), both in London, as the threat of a foreclosure looms

The shelves of this Sainsbury supermarket in London were cleaned after people started stocking due to the threat of the country's coronavirus

The shelves of this Sainsbury supermarket in London were cleaned after people started stocking due to the threat of the country’s coronavirus

A woman wears a surgical mask in downtown Cardiff. Coronavirus (Covid-19) spread to more than 149 countries in a few weeks, killing more than 5,600

A woman wears a surgical mask in downtown Cardiff. Coronavirus (Covid-19) spread to more than 149 countries in a few weeks, killing more than 5,600

A man wears a surgical mask in Cardiff town center this morning after the number of infected people in Wales has risen to 22

A man wears a surgical mask in Cardiff town center this morning after the number of infected people in Wales has risen to 22

POSITIVE ENGLISH BABY TESTS FOR VIRUS

The baby is treated at the North Middlesex hospital where he was born, and the mother has been transferred to a hospital specializing in infections

The baby is treated at the North Middlesex hospital where he was born, and the mother has been transferred to a hospital specializing in infections

A newborn baby in England has become the youngest victim in the world to test positive for coronavirus.

A few days ago, the mother of the child was transported to the hospital with a suspicion of pneumonia, but its positive result was not known until after birth.

The couple is treated in separate hospitals, the baby is treated at the North Middlesex hospital where he was born, and the mother is transferred to a hospital specializing in infections.

After doctors learned of the mother’s positive, the baby was tested shortly after arrival, according to The sun.

Doctors are trying to find out how the newborn contracted the virus, either in the womb or during delivery.

A source said: “Staff in contact with the two patients were advised to self-isolate.”

The government is hesitant to close schools and will instead add an extra week on each side of the next Easter break, reports the Daily Telegraph.

This intermediate approach would reduce the time that students spend in classrooms – where they could spread the disease – without incurring the disruption of the complete closure of schools.

Geoff Barton, secretary general of the Association of School and College Leaders, said it made “sense” to extend the existing vacation rather than closing the schools.

The Secretary of Education will host a coronavirus summit on Monday, during which plans could be made to give free food to the poorest students and allow schoolchildren to take exams at home.

Before the package was released last night, the government had been criticized for its response to the coronavirus, particularly for keeping schools open.

Rory Stewart, the former secretary for international development, said, “We are far too slow in an epidemic like this, you have to move immediately without regret.

“The sooner you close the schools, the sooner you stop the rallies, the better. Because it is common sense that the more people that meet, the more likely they are to transmit the disease. ”

The emergency powers package also lowers the standards that local authorities are required to provide in their care homes, according to the Times.

The staff shortage due to the coronavirus makes counsel vulnerable to legal action if their services suffer.

However, the government is working to lower this threshold to ensure that dozens of authorities are not forced into regulation.

The almost empty forecourt of the British Museum this afternoon in London after the Prime Minister said that Covid-19 “is the worst public health crisis in a generation”

Members of the British Retail Consortium sent a joint letter to consumers asking everyone to work together to make sure there is enough food for the country. In the photo: empty shelves in London

Members of the British Retail Consortium sent a joint letter to consumers asking everyone to work together to make sure there is enough food for the country. In the photo: empty shelves in London

Buyers look miserable as they line up at Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays Saturday morning

Buyers look miserable as they line up at Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays Saturday morning

Shelves have been completely stripped across the country, with this Sainsbury store in London looking bare.

Shelves have been completely stripped across the country, with this Sainsbury store in London looking bare.

Bien que le gouvernement n’ait pas empêché les visiteurs de se rendre dans des maisons de repos, beaucoup – dont 120 succursales Bupa – ont décidé unilatéralement d’imposer une interdiction.

Le journal a également indiqué que des mesures seront mises en place pour lutter contre une industrie de la gestion des décès «débordée» et accélérer les processus d’inhumation et de crémation.

Hier, le coronavirus a également fait fondre le monde du sport alors que les principaux appareils à travers la Grande-Bretagne et le monde ont été annulés dans le but d’arrêter la propagation.

Tous les matches de la ligue de football anglaise ont été interdits jusqu’au 4 avril, le marathon de Londres du mois prochain a été reporté à octobre et la tournée de l’équipe de cricket de l’Angleterre au Sri Lanka a été annulée.

Dernières mises à jour: Comment l’Asie lutte-t-elle contre le coronavirus?

La Chine et la Corée du Sud, durement touchées, connaissent une baisse du nombre de nouveaux cas de coronavirus, mais la lutte contre Covid-19 se poursuit à travers l’Asie.

Voici les dernières mises à jour:

SYRIE

Le gouvernement a annoncé une série de mesures de précaution, notamment la fermeture des écoles et des universités jusqu’au 2 avril.

Le gouvernement a également déclaré qu’il réduisait les heures de travail dans les institutions publiques et annulait tous les événements culturels et sportifs, ainsi que tous les autres événements impliquant de grands rassemblements.

La Syrie a également déclaré avoir pris des mesures préventives dans tous les ports et postes frontières. Il a suspendu ses voyages avec les pays voisins, l’Irak et la Jordanie, et a suspendu le tourisme religieux pendant un mois.

INDE

New Delhi a déclaré Covid-19 une “catastrophe notifiée” qui permettrait au pays de fournir une assistance et de dépenser plus de fonds pour lutter contre la pandémie. Cette décision intervient après que le nombre de cas est passé à 84, avec deux décès. Ten people have fully recovered.

Le ministère de la Santé a indiqué que plus de 4 000 personnes ayant eu des contacts avec les cas confirmés sont sous surveillance.

J’AI COURU

La télévision d’État a déclaré que le virus avait tué 97 autres personnes, ce qui porte le nombre de morts à 611 parmi 12 729 cas confirmés.

PHILIPPINES

Les autorités ont annoncé un couvre-feu nocturne dans la capitale et déclaré que des millions de personnes dans la région densément peuplée devraient quitter leur domicile pendant la journée uniquement pour le travail ou les affaires urgentes.

Les mesures drastiques annoncées jeudi par le président Rodrigo Duterte ont suscité une grande confusion, incitant les responsables à détailler les mesures et à publier des directives pour les restrictions d’un mois à Manille qui entreront en vigueur dimanche.

These measures include the suspension of domestic travel by land, air and sea to and from the capital region, which is home to more than 12 million people. Large gatherings such as concerts and films will be banned and most government work in the offices of the executive department will be suspended in the metropolis. Course suspensions at all levels have been extended by one month.

Le président de 74 ans a été testé pour le virus jeudi après avoir rencontré des responsables du cabinet, qui ont déclaré avoir été exposés à des personnes testées positives. M. Duterte s’est révélé négatif, selon son porte-parole.

ARABIE SAOUDITE

Le pays suspend tous les vols internationaux vers le royaume pendant deux semaines, à partir de dimanche.

EMIRATS ARABES UNIS

Les responsables de la santé ont ordonné aux personnes âgées de rester à la maison et les autorités ont déclaré que certains employés fédéraux pouvaient commencer à travailler à domicile pendant deux semaines.

ABU DHABI

Le journal National a rapporté que les discothèques et les restaurants touristiques de l’émirat seront fermés jusqu’à fin mars. Le ministère de la Culture et du Tourisme a également suspendu tous les événements prévus, y compris les concerts. La décision ne s’étend pas à Dubaï.

INDONÉSIE

La capitale Jakarta fermera toutes les écoles publiques pendant 14 jours à partir de lundi.

Le gouverneur de la ville, Anies Baswedan, a exhorté les habitants à prendre des mesures de distanciation sociale pour réduire le risque de propagation du virus entre les individus.

Il avait précédemment annoncé un verrouillage de toutes les destinations touristiques et sites de divertissement pendant deux semaines.

CORÉE DU SUD

Le Premier ministre Chung Se-kyun a déclaré que la guerre contre le coronavirus s’étend malgré une baisse notable du nombre de nouveaux cas.

Il exhorte à la vigilance après l’émergence de grappes d’infection dans des régions comme Séoul et avertit de la possibilité que le virus rentre dans le pays depuis l’étranger au milieu des épidémies croissantes en Occident.

JAPON

Le Premier ministre Shinzo Abe a déclaré que l’épidémie n’avait pas atteint un point qui l’oblige à déclarer une urgence nationale.

Il a déclaré que l’infection par habitant au Japon était beaucoup plus faible que dans les autres pays, bien que la situation soit toujours instable et que le Japon devrait rester sur ses gardes.

Vendredi, le Japon comptait 1 413 cas confirmés et 28 décès.

Le ministère de la Défense a déclaré qu’un de ses responsables avait été testé positif pour le virus vendredi après son retour de Paris où il avait assisté à un séminaire international sur la défense.

Le séminaire du 4 au 11 mars a été suspendu le 8 mars après qu’un participant a été trouvé infecté.

Le ministère a déclaré que le fonctionnaire était dans la quarantaine et est revenu sur un vol assigné par le gouvernement français, arrivant à l’aéroport international Haneda de Tokyo.

«Restez à la maison ***! Un nouveau manifeste en ligne exhorte les gens à rester à l’intérieur à tout prix et affirme que les gouvernements ne font pas assez pour lutter contre la crise des coronavirus

Un nouveau «mouvement anti-mouvement» qui vise à arrêter le coronavirus sur ses traces a été lancé en ligne.

Le manifeste StayTheF *** Home encourage tout le monde à rester à la maison, éviter de sortir si possible et mettre fin à tout contact humain qui n’est pas entièrement nécessaire.

Lancé par un ingénieur logiciel basé à Francfort, staythef *** home.com comporte un manifeste en 12 points qui est écrit en 12 langues et encourage les gens à ne pas quitter leur domicile à moins que «absolument nécessaire».

Florian Reifschneider, 29 ans, dit qu’il suit l’épidémie de coronavirus depuis sa création et a créé le site Web avec sa petite amie, Allie Hunts, le week-end dernier.

Un nouveau «mouvement anti-mouvement» qui vise à arrêter le nouveau coronavirus sur ses traces a été lancé en ligne. Sur la photo, des patients récupérés quittent l'hôpital de Wuhan

Un nouveau «mouvement anti-mouvement» qui vise à arrêter le nouveau coronavirus sur ses traces a été lancé en ligne. Sur la photo, des patients récupérés quittent l’hôpital de Wuhan

Florian Reifschneider, 29 ans (photo) dit qu'il suit l'épidémie de coronavirus depuis sa création et a créé le site Web avec sa petite amie, Allie Hunts, le week-end dernier

Florian Reifschneider, 29 ans (photo) dit qu’il suit l’épidémie de coronavirus depuis sa création et a créé le site Web avec sa petite amie, Allie Hunts, le week-end dernier

Le site Web a déjà été consulté par un million de personnes à travers le monde et partagé de nombreuses fois sur Twitter.

Cela vient du fait que 820 personnes au Royaume-Uni ont été confirmées comme étant infectées par le virus et 11 en sont mortes.

M. Reifschneider a déclaré: “ Après l’épidémie en Italie et le nombre croissant de personnes infectées dans d’autres pays européens et aux États-Unis, j’ai été vraiment frustré par la réaction presque négligente que la plupart des gouvernements avaient manifestée jusqu’à ce moment.

‘In Germany the government was still discussing if they should allow people to attend soccer matches and other big events and a large number of people are still convinced this new virus is just like the flu.

‘We realised that hoping for the governments to preemptively implement measures that could actually slow the spread of the disease was a lost cause.’

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK almost doubled overnight to 21

The website has already been viewed by one million people across the world and shared numerous times on Twitter

The website has already been viewed by one million people across the world and shared numerous times on Twitter

In his office, handshakes and high-fives were banned and then two weeks ago, and employees are forced to work from home.

He and Ms Hunts are now quarantining themselves in their Frankfurt apartment.

Mr Reifschneider said that he called the movement StayTheF***Home because the secret to reaching people is ‘having a catchy name and calling yourself a movement’.

He added: ‘Or in our case, actually deciding to stop moving around; we are a movement of non-movement after all.’

Mr Reifschneider, who spends half of the year living in Florida, said he is planning on expanding the website with more information and resources on how to fight Covid-19.

He said: ‘Our goal is to reach as many people as possible with this in order to actually leave a mark, but honestly, if we can keep one person from getting infected or even better, infecting someone more vulnerable to this disease, it has already been worth our time creating this.’

First human trials of coronavirus vaccine could start within days in the US after it bypassed animal testing in accelerated process

The first human trials of a coronavirus vaccine are to be launched within days, scientists in the US have said.

The ‘genetic hack’ was accelerated past the animal testing stage and will be used on healthy volunteers, then patients if it deemed safe.

It comes as scientists in Britain said a vaccine could be tested on humans by June after encouraging results on mice.

The 'genetic hack' was accelerated past the animal testing stage and will be used on healthy volunteers, then patients if it deemed safe. Pictured: Drive-thru testing in California on Thursday

The ‘genetic hack’ was accelerated past the animal testing stage and will be used on healthy volunteers, then patients if it deemed safe. Pictured: Drive-thru testing in California on Thursday

Massachusetts-based Moderna created the candidate cure but have taken a different route to traditional techniques.

Normally a weaker bug is planted in the body so a patient can adapt to fight off the infection.

But the new method sees messenger RNA stimulates the immune system to make similar proteins to the killer virus, which it can then combat.

Massachusetts-based Moderna created the candidate cure but have taken a different route to traditional techniques

Massachusetts-based Moderna created the candidate cure but have taken a different route to traditional techniques

The vaccine prototype is being funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, with the foundation’s Dr Melanie Saville telling the Telegraph: ‘Contain and delay is the approach taken in the UK and a number of different countries.

‘The approaches are really to buy time in the context of the stretch it puts on the healthcare system – it also buys time for vaccines to be developed.

‘We don’t know how the pandemic will evolve, whether, for example, it comes in various different waves.’

A member of the public is swabbed at a drive through Coronavirus testing site, set up in a car park in Wolverhampton, England, on Thursday

A member of the public is swabbed at a drive through Coronavirus testing site, set up in a car park in Wolverhampton, England, on Thursday

The coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19 – and has killed nearly 5,000 people globally – cannot currently be cured or prevented.

American researches spearheading the fight against the deadly bug admit hopes of millions of vaccines within a year are ‘aspirational’.

And in a further blow for Britain, any cure would not be able to halt the anticipated peak in cases in May.

But UK researchers, led by Mucosal Infection and Immunity head Dr Robin Shattock, said they have successfully trialled a vaccine in mice and are hopeful it could be ready for human trials by June.

ITALY: Hospital workers in protective gear work in a triage tent at a makeshift hospital in Brescia, where any arriving patients with suspected coronavirus symptoms are being tested

ITALY: Hospital workers in protective gear work in a triage tent at a makeshift hospital in Brescia, where any arriving patients with suspected coronavirus symptoms are being tested

Senior researcher Dr Paul McKay, of Imperial College London, told the Express: ‘I’ve got results from a month after I injected (the mice) and the vaccine works really, really well.’

The team is working with scientists in Paris to determine the vaccine’s effectiveness in monkeys.

Dr McKay said they have applied for further funding from the Medical Research Council to conduct human clinical trials.

‘If we get the funding for the human clinical trials, we will put it into people by June,’ he said.

‘If British scientists here develop a vaccine it would be great if the Government supported it.’

POLAND: Mobile emergency rooms are set up outside University Hospital in Krakow to test suspected coronavirus patients

POLAND: Mobile emergency rooms are set up outside University Hospital in Krakow to test suspected coronavirus patients

Should the human trials be successful, the team is hopeful the vaccine will be available for patients in a year.

People who catch the illness have to be isolated and wait for their body to fight it off, with medical help if they need it for symptoms or more serious infection.

A working vaccine could stop the bug in its tracks and some experts think it could become a recurring fixture in human society in the same way colds and flu are.

Some scientists and medical experts are concerned rushing a vaccine could end up worsening the infection in some patients rather than preventing it.

Studies have suggested that coronavirus vaccines carry the risk of what is known as vaccine enhancement, where instead of protecting against infection, the vaccine can actually make the disease worse when a vaccinated person is infected with the virus.

The mechanism that causes the risk is not fully understood and is one of the stumbling blocks that has prevented the successful development of a coronavirus vaccine.

Normalement, les chercheurs mettraient des mois à tester la possibilité d’une amélioration du vaccin chez les animaux.

Compte tenu de l’urgence d’endiguer la propagation du nouveau coronavirus, certains fabricants de médicaments se lancent directement dans des tests humains à petite échelle, sans attendre la fin de ces tests sur les animaux.

Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said: ‘I understand the importance of accelerating timelines for vaccines in general, but from everything I know, this is not the vaccine to be doing it with.’

A patient wearing a mask sits in a tent in Brescia where health workers in protective suits can test him for coronavirus

A patient wearing a mask sits in a tent in Brescia where health workers in protective suits can test him for coronavirus

Hotez worked on development of a vaccine for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), the coronavirus behind a major 2003 outbreak, and found some vaccinated animals developed more severe disease compared with unvaccinated animals when they were exposed to the virus.

He said: ‘There is a risk of immune enhancement. The way you reduce that risk is first you show it does not occur in laboratory animals.’

Hotez testified last week before the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about the need for sustained funding for vaccine research.

There remains no vaccine for any of the new coronaviruses that have caused outbreaks in the past 20 years.

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