By New Scientist and Press Association
The UK is preparing for an outbreak of covid-19Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA ImagesThe coronavirus outbreak could lead to a fifth of workers in the UK staying at home, cause the police to drop low-priority cases and force the National Health Service (NHS) to delay non-urgent care.
That is according to a 27-page document published by the government today, which sets out the UK-wide response to the covid-19 virus, amid widespread concerns about the impact it will have on people’s well-being, the economy and public services.
Measures aimed at delaying the spread of the virus could include school closures, reducing the number of large-scale gatherings and encouraging people to work from home.
The government’s response is…
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