Why isn't the UK taking more drastic action to tackle the coronavirus?

By Clare Wilson

The UK government is running public health campaignsDinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesMany countries are now staring down the barrel of a coronavirus epidemic. In the UK, where there are 456 cases as of 11 March, some large gatherings are being cancelled or postponed, and some firms are encouraging staff to work from home.
But should the UK government be going further? There are more drastic measures that could be taken, such as closing schools and colleges, asking everyone to work from home who can, and even telling people to avoid public transport and social gatherings.
Italy is telling everyone to travel only for work or medical reasons, after cases there ballooned to more than 10,000. Many people are asking whether the UK should start doing the same, to avoid case numbers rising so high.

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