Coronavirus latest news: Government considers closing schools for two months if virus becomes pandemic

Schools could be closed for more than two months and public and sporting events would have to be cancelled if the virus outbreak intensifies, England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty has said.

However, while the coronavirus presents ‘some challenges’, Prof Whitty said he does not think the world is facing anything on the level of the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918.

“We are not heading into a H1N1 1918 flu pandemic situation, but the coronavirus does present some challenges for us. It definitely will for a period. How big remains to be seen,” he added.

It comes as two new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in England bringing the total number in the UK to 15.

One of those infected caught the virus in Italy, while the other picked it up in Tenerife, making it the first confirmed British case linked to the Canary Islands.

Also this comes after Archbishop Temple School in Fulwood which is reasonably close to Lytham St Annes closed its doors at 12pm yesterday and will remain closed for the rest of the week as a “precautionary measure” after students return from ski trip to northern Italy.

The possibility of schools closing for two months is causing worried conversations amongst parents in the area as both parents work full time in may households and childcare arrangements could mean loss of earnings or even jobs.

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