Coronavirus LIVE: NHS chief warns MORE people may need to self-isolate as it's revealed bug is 'worse than Ebola'
THE NHS Chief executive has revealed many more people in the UK may need to self-isolate in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Sir Simon Stevens gave the warning as it was revealed the killer bug is worse than Ebola, SARS and Swine Flu.
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ANIMAL LOVERS BREAKING INTO WUHAN HOMES TO FEED ABANDONED PETS
Residents in virus-stricken Wuhan have been breaking into people's homes to feed the pets left behind after scores fled before the lockdown.
One 43-year-old resident is reported to have shimmied up a drainpipe to a third-floor-apartment building to feed an elderly couple's abandoned cats.
The cats' owners had reportedly been out of the region on a trip and were unable to return after the virus broke.
'IT WAS JUST LIKE BEING ON HOLIDAY'
One of the Brits today released from Arrow Park Hospital in Merseyside has joked the two-week quarantine was “just like being on holiday”.
The 38-year-old from Knutsford said: “We're free and the sun's shining”.
He added: “We're not prisoners. They're trying to make us feel like, if anything, we're just on holiday for a couple of weeks, maybe without the swimming pool”.
CORONAVIRUS PRANKSTER FACES JAIL
A prankster who feigned coronavirus symptoms on the Moscow Metro faces jail on hooliganism charges.
Karomatullo, who runs several social media pages called kara.prank went viral earlier this month after sharing a video where he pretended to collapse on the packed train while wearing a face mask, supposedly struck down by the killer bug.
The man then pretended to have a seizure while pals announced he had coronavirus, causing mass panic.
He was arrested by Russian authorities on February 8.
NHS CHIEF SAYS CORONAVIRUS UK OUTBREAK 'DEPENDANT ON CHINA'
The chief medical officer for the NHS, Chris Whitty today warned cases of the killer flu in Britain was heavily dependant on how well Chinese health officials contain the virus.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today this morning he said: “At this point in time … we have a strategy that relies on four tactical aims.
“The first is to contain, the second is to delay, the third is to do the science and the research, and the fourth is to mitigate so that we can actually brace the NHS”.
He added if China's “spillover” cases were contained the epidemic could “go away” in the UK.
But he further warned: ” The alternative is this is not possible to contain in China and then this starts to spread, probably initially quite slowly around the world… then it is going to come to a situation where we have it in the EU, and in the UK”.
LONDON TUBE POTENTIAL HOTBED FOR SPREAD OF KILLER FLU
Experts have warned London's dense population could increase the risk of person-to-person coronavirus transmission.
Dr Robin Thompson of Oxford University said: “In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.
“This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly.
“As a result, given this case was in London, it might be expected that there is an increased risk posed by this case compared to the others we have seen.”
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