In the current outbreak of COVID 19 virus around the globe, UK is among 10 of the countries that are hit critically with this virus pandemic. As of this moment, there are around 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in UK with more than 20,000 people dying due to this virus. Among many other countries, UK is also the one that took extra time to realize how serious of a threat COVID 19 can pose on major countries. If it took 3 weeks for Chinese government to lock down Wuhan province to contain the virus, it took UK government more than 2 and half months to issue lock down order and close everything across the country. Compared to USA, the situation doesn’t seem very critical in UK because in USA, there are more than 850,000 confirmed cases while this number is less than 150,000 in UK but you should consider the death rate as in UK, current numbers show 40 patients out of 1000 don’t survive. There is another assumption that if testing is done on rapid basis, the confirmed cases can go more than 300,000 within 15 days and one of the reasons why UK doesn’t see as many cases as USA is due to its limited testing capacity.


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  • December 2019: There is the outbreak of a new virus in China and multiple patients admitted in various hospitals with similar symptoms. Rest of the world is at ease because neither Chinese government nor any other country has confirmed that the situation is serious or critical.
  • Early January 2020: Chinese researchers are close to decoding the RNA of this new virus and finally find out what this virus holds and how deadly it can be. There is still no panic or disturbance in UK regarding this issue.
  • 22nd January 2020: Chinese government finally released details about this virus outbreak and warns entire world about how contagious this virus is and how rapidly it can spread to millions of people. Meanwhile UK government ranks the possibility of this virus hitting UK as ‘very low’.
  • 29th January 2020: UK sees its first two patients who are tested positive for COVID 19 virus. On the same day, a plane arrives with UK citizens from Wuhan province and all of the passengers were asked to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
  • 6th February 2020: 3rd patient is diagnosed with COVID 19 virus and this patient states that he went to Singapore not China and later he is connected with 11 more cases.
  • 10th February 2020: There are 8 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in UK and government asks its citizens to stay isolated or quarantine and avoid going out.
  • 23rd February 2020: A cruise ship arrives from Japan and among the passengers who get off; there are 4 UK citizens who were tested positive with COVID 19 virus. At this moment, there are 13 confirmed patients in UK.
  • 28th February 2020: First citizen of UK died due to COVID 19 virus.
  • 4th March 2020: There was a rapid hike in the confirmed cases and the number goes to 87. UK government started discussing shutting down the parliament where in Italy, government shuts down schools, colleges and universities across the country.
  • 10th March 2020: Official report states that 6 UK citizens died because of COVID 19 and there are more than 373 confirmed cases in various parts of the country.
  • 13th March 2020: WHO officially declares the current situation as pandemic while in UK, there are 200 new cases reported in a single day.
  • 15th March 2020: There are more than 1000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in UK and government states that old people are at greater risk of catching this virus so these citizens go into quarantine for at least 4 months.
  • 16th March 2020: UK Prime Minister requests the citizens to stay at home and avoid going to public places. Reported cases are around 1500 but it’s expected that if tested, more than 10,000 citizens will test positive.
  • 18th March 2020: UK government shuts down all schools, colleges and universities across the country.
  • 20th March 2020: UK government shuts down all pubs, bars and restaurants across the country and confirms that there are more than 3200 confirmed cases in UK with 144 people losing their lives to this virus.
  • 23rd March 2020: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces nationwide lockdown where everything is closed till further notice and citizens were asked to stay at home and don’t go to any public place.
  • End of March 2020: There were more than 25,000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in UK with death roll rising to about 1800 citizens.
  • Mid April 2020: Confirmed cases exceed 100,000 in UK before 15th April 2020 and more than 13,000 people died because of COVID 19 across major cities of England.
  • 25th April 2020: As of today, there are more than 140,000 confirmed patients of COVID 19 in UK with 1500 patients having critical symptoms and death toll raised up to 19,000.

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