Coronavirus: medical chief says UK hopes to delay any outbreak until summer

Prof Chris Whitty says a four-point tactical plan is in place to help country cope with virus

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Britain is hoping to delay any possible outbreak of coronavirus in order to prepare the NHS if it cannot be contained, the chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has said.

“If we are going to get an outbreak here in the UK, and it is an if, not a when, putting it back in time into the summer away from the winter pressures on the NHS … is a big advantage,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

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