Coronavirus Outbreak in the UK and Europe: Live Link-up with BBC World Correspondent in London

Coronavirus Outbreak in the UK and Europe: Live Link-up with BBC World Correspondent in London


a pandemic of novel coronavirus which
began in China just three months ago has tightened its grip around Europe and
North America cover 19 has spread to every continent except Antarctica as
well as every single European country there are more than a 244,000 diagnosed
cases globally and at least 10,000 deaths the US and many European nations
have this week installed measures to stop the spread of the current virus
including curfews and restrictions and movement today let’s go over to the UK
to learn more about the situation there now joining me live from London is Dan
Damon from BBC world services stand great to see you hi Jen now first of all
give us an update in the Cova 19 outbreak in the UK and across Europe
well in the UK the number of cases detected and we have to remember that
testing isn’t universal we’ve not done as well here as in South Korea for
example but the number of cases detected about three thousand two hundred and
fifty the number of deaths linked to the corona virus 144 the most serious
outbreak is in Italy of course where the number of deaths now as surpassed that
in China and that is a really serious problem and why we’re not sure because
for example the number of infections is less than in South Korea but the number
of deaths far higher in Italy one suggestion is that it’s an aging
population in Italy but you have an ageing population in South Korea too so
just one of the many things about this virus that the scientists just don’t
understand yet mm-hmm and this is something that they will have to
research on in the next couple of months and years I suppose now what are some of
the UK government’s containment measures in place I mean how are the daily lives
of the Brits being affected by this virus some would say not enough the
government has asked people to stay home and quite a lot of my colleagues here at
the BBC for example those who are involved in a ministry did work those
who can perhaps do their production jobs by computer telecommuting they’re doing
that people like me of course we’re broadcasters we have to be here in the
studio if you go out into the streets of London
yes they’re much quieter but public transport still is working they’ve
closed about 40 of the tube stations the underground stations but plenty of the
tubes are still full the bus I coming in in the morning that’s got quite a lot of
people we’re keeping our distance from each other so I think one of the
considerations the government is is talking about bearing in mind that we
meant to be a liberal democracy is can we have a lockdown like for example
they’ve imposed in France where if you want to go out you’ve got to have a
certificate you print it off and you fill it in and a policeman will check
when you go out onto the street that you’ve got a right to be there mm-hmm
right I mean you know even this weekend here in South Korea the president has
come out and and asked the public to stay indoors and there’s a lot of social
distancing going on here as well so I guess there’s a difference there now how
much of an economic impact is a UK and Europe expect from this current a virus
outbreak and are there support measures or economic stimulus of the government
there is preparing the impact will be huge is already noticeable a lot of
businesses are closing down a lot of people are out of work the government
says it will support them if they’re out of work because of the coronavirus they
can apply for different kinds of welfare payments but there’s not yet been the
kind of support for example that in the United States they’re talking about
sending people checks that hasn’t yet been spoken about there will be support
for businesses there’s talk of quantitative easing in other words
printing money the central bank has reduced its interest rate but what is
hoped and this has not yet been announced is what’s called helicopter
payments that you’ve got to get people out there doing things or at least
support them so they can pay their rent mm-hmm sure
now how did the British public feel about the UK government’s a response to
the pandemic I think they’re waiting I mean depends where you are as opposed
this government is a Conservative government not popular in London here in
London I think there is a kind of skepticism that the government yet
really knows what its gonna do of course the figures that we’re getting they’re
not based on testing as I said earlier so when you get a figure of 3,250
infections it’s it’s just not believed because people who want tests can’t get
them those who are getting them they’re not getting the results quickly enough
one of the things the government has promised and I think this is something
that’s really important is that eventually there’ll be an antibody test
quite soon and it’ll give you an instant result and then you’ll know either
you’ve got it or you’ve had it or if you haven’t had the coronavirus then that’s
the time to go home and stay home until either better medicines available or in
in months perhaps more than a year there’ll be a vaccine mm-hmm all right
well dan Damon hosts for our BBC World services from London many things stand
for speaking to us we appreciate it good talk to you Jane thanks for month

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