214 Brits trapped for days on Florida cruise ships arrive at Heathrow

214 Brits who were trapped on two coronavirus-hit cruise ships in Florida finally land back at Heathrow after being trapped on board for days

  • MS Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships docked in Florida on Thursday
  • Officials had been reluctant to let them dock over fears of Covid-19 patients
  • President Trump intervened to allow docking on humanitarian grounds
  • Charter flight of 214 UK passengers touched down at Heathrow earlier today

UK nationals who were trapped on board two cruise liners embroiled in a bitter coronavirus dispute have arrived back in the country.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed a charter flight carrying 214 British passengers from the Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships had touched down at Heathrow.

The holidaymakers had been on the liners when they became embroiled in a dispute after Florida officials were reluctant to let the ships dock for fear that taking more Covid-19 patients would further burden the state’s already-stretched hospitals.

Holland America Line guests disembarked the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam in Florida, US, on Friday following a battle between federal and state authorities.

UK nationals who were trapped on board two cruise liners embroiled in a bitter coronavirus dispute have arrived back at Heathrow earlier today

The holidaymakers had been on the liners when they became embroiled in a dispute after Florida officials were reluctant to let the ships dock for fear that taking more Covid-19 patients

The Zaandam is pictured arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Thursday. The coronavirus-stricken ship is carrying 1,045 passengers and crew

Many of the 200 UK nationals caught up in the saga boarded a charter flight which departed Fort Lauderdale airport shortly after 3am local time on Saturday.

The flight, via Spanish charter company Privilege Style, landed at London Heathrow at 4.34pm.

Almost all passengers were seen wearing facemasks as they made their way through the arrivals lounge. 

Messages posted on a Facebook group created for passengers to share updates state that some people have not been allowed to fly home yet.

The flight, via Spanish charter company Privilege Style, landed at London Heathrow at 4.34pm

Almost all passengers were seen wearing facemasks as they made their way through the arrivals lounge

Holland America Line had previously said guests with coronavirus symptoms ‘will remain on board and disembark at a later date’.

Charter flights are also repatriating guests to Toronto, Atlanta, San Francisco, Paris and Frankfurt, according to US news website Business Insider.

More than a dozen Covid-19 cases were reported on the Zaandam, plus some 190 people with flu symptoms.

Four people have died aboard the Zaandam, including two officially diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The MS Rotterdam is pictured pulling in to port after sister ship Zaandam. The boat is pictured off the coast of Florida ahead of its arrival in the city. 1,381 people are on board the ship

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that that he was only interested accepting the 49 Floridians on board the cruise ships 

During a White House press conference, Trump said of the cruise ships’ passengers: ‘They’re dying, so we have to do something’

Earlier this week, the ship offloaded its healthy passengers onto the Rotterdam.

Florida officials were reluctant to allow the ships to dock – for fear that taking more Covid-19 patients would further burden the state’s already-stretched hospitals – until US president Donald Trump intervened to approve the docking on humanitarian grounds.

The four included 75-year-old Briton John Carter, who died on March 22. His cause of death has yet to be officially revealed, but he was reported to have been on a ventilator in his last days.

The Zaandam, which began its cruise in Buenos Aires on March 7, was refused entry to several Latin American ports after its coronavirus cases emerged.

On Friday, passengers from both ships were finally allowed to touch dry land in Fort Lauderdale.

Fourteen critically-ill patients were wheeled off the Zaandam on stretchers to be taken to local hospitals before their fellow passengers disembarked.

Asymptomatic patients, after being screened and cleared by paramedics, were taken by bus directly to the local airport, escorted by police officers on motorcycles.

Before disembarking from the ships, passengers received instructions to wear face masks at all times when travelling and to go immediately into 14 days of self-quarantine when they arrived home. 

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Poll: Majority of Brits believe coronavirus lockdown came 'too late'

Coronavirus backlash at Boris: Most Britons believe PM ordered lockdown ‘too late’, a third think measures should be tougher and 81% want all commercial flights into the UK stopped, according to new poll

  • EXCLUSIVE: Poll shows 55 per cent of Britons believe lockdown came ‘too late’
  • Some 38 per cent believe government’s response to coronavirus has fallen short 
  • Overwhelming majority believe all commercial flights in and out of UK must stop
  • Some 41 per cent believe NHS workers should get a special coronavirus medal 

A majority of people in the UK believe Boris Johnson imposed the coronavirus lockdown ‘too late’ while more than a third do not think current restrictions go far enough. 

An exclusive poll for MailOnline has revealed the scale of public anger at the government’s approach to the crisis with ministers now under pressure to go further to combat the spread of the deadly disease.

The survey of 1,500 people, conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies yesterday, showed 55 per cent believe the decision to implement the nationwide lockdown should have been taken earlier. 

Just 34 per cent believe the decision was taken ‘at about the right time’. 

Regardless of the timing issue, many people want the government to now go further with 38 per cent of the belief that the current measures have ‘fallen short’. 

Some 81 per cent of respondents said they believe all commercial flights into and out of the UK should be stopped for the duration of the lockdown. 

The government is adamant such a move is not necessary because there is ‘no evidence’ that closing borders or implementing a travel ban ‘would have any effect on the spread of infection’ given it is already prevalent in the UK.

A majority of Briton believe Boris Johnson’s decision to lockdown the UK was taken ‘too late’

An overwhelming majority of people believe the government should introduce a ban on all commercial flights into and out of the UK during the lockdown

Meanwhile, people are receptive to the idea of honouring NHS staff, with 41 per cent backing plans to award frontline workers a special coronavirus medal. 

Almost nine in ten people believe the government should recognise in some way the efforts of NHS workers with 46 per cent backing a permanent pay rise.

The survey found there is overwhelming backing for the nationwide lockdown with almost nine in 10 people supporting the move. 

The poll suggests the nation is braced for long term disruption with almost two thirds of adults – 58 per cent – believing the lockdown will still be in place at the end of May.  

However, the numbers suggest some people are not anticipating lockdown being imposed much beyond that with just 13 per cent saying it could still be in place by the middle of June and 15 per cent beyond the end of June. 

Downing Street said lockdown will be reviewed after three weeks but the direction of travel suggests measures could be kept in place for longer than that.

Mr Johnson has repeatedly said the situation in the UK will get worse before it gets better and a majority of people agreed with that assessment. 

Just shy of two thirds of the nation said they expected the situation to deteriorate before it improves with 48 per cent believing a majority of the UK population will inevitably contract coronavirus. 

Almost one fifth of the nation believes they have already had the disease and seven per cent ‘think I have the coronavirus now’. 

Just over half of people believe coronavirus will have a ‘negative impact’ on their personal finances.  

The nation is seemingly divided on the police approach to enforcing the lockdown amid criticism of some forces being heavy-handed. 

The nation is split on how long they believe the lockdown will last but 58 per cent think restrictions will still be in place at the end of May

The nation is also split on Mr Johnson’s response to the crisis with just over 50 per cent backing the PM as ‘adequate’ but more than 30 per cent saying he had fallen short

Seven per cent of the nation believes they currently have coronavirus

Some 40 per cent believe the police measures have been ‘about right’ but 33 per cent say they have ‘not been enough’. 

Just 18 per cent said the police had been ‘excessive’ in their use of the powers to break up gatherings and stop people making non-essential journeys. 

The current crisis also appears to have harmed many people’s view of the Chinese government.

Almost two thirds of respondents said they believe ‘the Chinese government is dishonestly reporting the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in China’ where coronavirus originated.

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Tens of thousands of Brits stranded abroad will be repatriated from THIS WEEK, Dominic Raab announces

TENS of thousands of Brits stranded abroad will be offered loans to pay for flights and rescued on repatriation flights from this week, Dominic Raab said tonight.

The Foreign Secretary told the nation that British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2 and Virgin will work together to get Brits home, and extra flights will be chartered where commercial flights have all been cancelled.

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Brits who can't afford to pay for their flights back will be offered emergency loans by the Foreign Office too – but only as a last resort.

Boris Johnson is not giving the daily press conference to the nation while he remains sick with coronavirus – but is still working from Downing Street.

A huge £75million Government fund has been put together to get everyone home who needs to come back to Britain.

Airlines will be able to allow people to change their tickets between airlines for little or no cost – and offer them the latest advice.

And when no more flights are running, the Government will enable special chartered flights with the airlines to get UK residents back home.

Mr Raab said today: "I can today announce a new arrangement from Government and airlines to fly home tens of thousands of people where commercial flights are no longer possible.

"The arrangements agreed today will provide a clearer basis to organise special charter flights where Britons find themselves stranded.

"Our priority will always be the most vulnerable.”

Already 150,000 have come back from Spain, 8,500 people have come back from Morroco, and 5,000 from Cyprus – showing the huge scale of the problem.

Charter flights are already up and running to Ghana and Tunisia.

The UK will add countries this week with the aim of bringing people back from places such as India and South Africa where large numbers of British travellers are stuck and commercial routes are completely suspended.

The Foreign Office is working around the clock to try and keep airports and ports open, he said.

"We have not faced an international challenge quite like this before, but we are going to rise to it," he added.

What to do if you're a Brit stranded abroad right now

  • First check if there are commercial routes available by visiting the airline websites, FCO Travel Advice pages for the country they are in and local British Embassy social media
  • If there are no commercial options, visit the Travel Advice pages and sign up to alerts for their location and follow Embassy social media and email updates
  • When special return flights become available, these will be advertised by the Embassy and British nationals on Travel Advice Pages and Embassy social media and those who have registered for updates will be contacted via email
  • British nationals will be asked to register their interest through our booking agents CTM
  • If you have to change your plans, notify your insurance company as soon as you can
  • Keep in regular contact with family and friends at home, so they know you are safe and well
  • As a last resort, the Foreign Office will offer an emergency loan
  • If you have immigration enquiries, you need to contact either the local immigration authorities in the country or their UK-based embassy
  • You must follow the advice of local authorities. Your safety and security is the responsibility of the local authority where you are
  • Instructions for British travellers to return home can be found on the coronavirus travel advice page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

The FCO has tripled the capacity of its international call centre to try and get Brits the help they need.

Brits have so far had to fork out huge sums for flights to get back from holidays and gap years.

And many more say they have been kept in the dark as to how to get home.

Many have seen flights cancelled at the last minute as countries closed their borders.

The Government has urged everyone who could to get home back to the UK as soon as possible – as more and more flights get binned to stop the spread of the virus.

A source said: "Everything is being done to arrange flights to get people back from abroad, particularly the vulnerable.

"But the advice is very clear – if there are commercial options to get home then take them now. Don't sit around hoping there will be a rescue flight coming for you. Get home while you still can."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "The Government is seeking to keep key transit routes open as long as possible and is in touch with international partners and the airline industry to make this happen.

"Consular staff are supporting those with urgent need while providing travel advice and support to those still abroad.

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Tens of thousands of Brits stranded abroad will be repatriated from THIS WEEK, Dominic Raab announces

TENS of thousands of Brits stranded abroad will be rescued on repatriation flights from this week, Dominic Raab said tonight.

The Foreign Secretary told the nation that British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2 and Virgin will be sent to areas where commercial flights have all been cancelled.

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Boris Johnson is not giving the daily press conference to the nation while he remains sick with coronavirus – but is still working from No10.

A huge £75million Government fund has been put forward to get everyone home who needs to come back to Britain.

Mr Raab said today: "I can today announce a new arrangement from Government and airlines to fly home tens of thousands  of peoplewhere commercial flights are no longer possible.

"The arrangements agreed today will provide a clearer basis to organise special charter flights where Britons find themselves stranded.

"Our priority will always be the most vulnerable.”

Already 150,000 have come back from Spain, 8,500 people have come back from Morroco, and 5,000 from Cyprus – showing the huge scale of the problem.

The Foreign Office is working around the clock to try and keep airports and ports open, he said.

"We have not faced an international challenge quite like this before, but we are going to rise to it," he added.

Brits have so far had to fork out huge sums for flights to get back from holidays and gap years.

And many more say they have been kept in the dark as to how to get home.

Many have seen flights cancelled at least minutes.

The Government has urged everyone who could to get home back to the UK as soon as possible – as more and more flights get cancelled.

A source said: "Everything is being done to arrange flights to get people back from abroad, particularly the vulnerable.

"But the advice is very clear – if there are commercial options to get home then take them now. Don't sit around hoping there will be a rescue flight coming for you. Get home while you still can."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "The Government is seeking to keep key transit routes open as long as possible and is in touch with international partners and the airline industry to make this happen.

"Consular staff are supporting those with urgent need while providing travel advice and support to those still abroad.

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Brits can go out to get pet food, give blood or volunteer during coronavirus lockdown – full list of exceptions


BRITS will be allowed to go out to get pet food, volunteer or give blood during the lockdown, it's been confirmed today.

As part of new laws which came into power today, the Government laid out all the exceptions to the three-week lockdown.

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Boris Johnson has said earlier this week that no one should be going out unless they wanted to get food, medicine, for exercise once a day, or to help a vulnerable person.

And they should only be going to work if they can't work from home too, he said.

Today Matt Hancock signed emergency rules into law to cover the lockdown, which force people to stay inside.

Police will have the power to slap people with a £60 on the spot fine – which could rise to up to £1000 for repeat offenders.

The Government has warned that they could raise this to unlimited levels if people still don't obey.

The new regulations laid out all the exceptions to the rules in black and white.

Brits are able to go out of the house to get necessities for anyone in the house – that includes beloved pets too.

And if anything vital for your home breaks too, you will be allowed to leave to buy things to fix it, or get a new one.

Thankfully, members of the public will be allowed out to volunteer, and to give blood too.

More than half a million Brits have signed up to be an NHS volunteer in the last 24 hours alone as the country clubbed together to do their bit.


Reasons you CAN leave the house:

– To obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets) or for vulnerable persons
– To collect supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, the household of a vulnerable person, or to obtain money
– To exercise either alone or with other members of their household
– To seek medical assistance or attend medical appointment
– To provide care or emergency help to a vunerable person
– To donate blood
– To volunteer or do charity work
– To attend the funeral of family or someone you live with
– To go to court or satify bail conditions
– To access childcare
– To take kids to visit the other parent if separated
– To move house where reasonably necessary
– To go to a place of worship if a religious leader
– To access DWP services or victims of crime services
– To avoid injury or escape harm

Brits in the process of moving home have been told to stay put if they can.

However, if they are just about to move and have no other option, the new laws do allow it.

People will also be allowed out to go to court, access childcare, or take kids around to the other parents' if they are separated.

The rules also clarifies when you can gather in a group.

Boris this week banned gatherings of more than two people except in some circumstances.

When providing care to vulnerable people or emergencies, it is allowed.

And if you need to attend a family members' funeral or it can't be avoided for work, people won't face any action.

Business will also face fines if they stay open when they should have closed.

You can only meet more than two people if:

– You're part of the same household
– Where its essential for work purposes
– When attending a funeral
– When moving house
– When providing care to a vulnerable person
– When providing emergency help
– When participaing in legal proceedings or legal obligations

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Brits can go out to get pet food, give blood or volunteer during coronavirus lockdown – full list of exceptions


BRITS will be allowed to go out to get pet food, volunteer or give blood during the lockdown, it's been confirmed today.

As part of new laws which came into power today, the Government laid out all the exceptions to the three-week lockdown.

⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates

Boris Johnson has said earlier this week that no one should be going out unless they wanted to get food, medicine, for exercise once a day, or to help a vulnerable person.

And they should only be going to work if they can't work from home too, he said.

Today Matt Hancock signed emergency rules into law to cover the lockdown, which force people to stay inside.

Police will have the power to slap people with a £60 on the spot fine – which could rise to up to £1000 for repeat offenders.

The Government has warned that they could raise this to unlimited levels if people still don't obey.

The new regulations laid out all the exceptions to the rules in black and white.

Brits are able to go out of the house to get necessities for anyone in the house – that includes beloved pets too.

And if anything vital for your home breaks too, you will be allowed to leave to buy things to fix it, or get a new one.

Thankfully, members of the public will be allowed out to volunteer, and to give blood too.

More than half a million Brits have signed up to be an NHS volunteer in the last 24 hours alone as the country clubbed together to do their bit.


Reasons you CAN leave the house:

– To obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets) or for vulnerable persons
– To collect supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, the household of a vulnerable person, or to obtain money
– To exercise either alone or with other members of their household
– To seek medical assistance or attend medical appointment
– To provide care or emergency help to a vunerable person
– To donate blood
– To volunteer or do charity work
– To attend the funeral of family or someone you live with
– To go to court or satify bail conditions
– To access childcare
– To take kids to visit the other parent if separated
– To move house where reasonably necessary
– To go to a place of worship if a religious leader
– To access DWP services or victims of crime services
– To avoid injury or escape harm

Brits in the process of moving home have been told to stay put if they can.

However, if they are just about to move and have no other option, the new laws do allow it.

People will also be allowed out to go to court, access childcare, or take kids around to the other parents' if they are separated.

The rules also clarifies when you can gather in a group.

Boris this week banned gatherings of more than two people except in some circumstances.

When providing care to vulnerable people or emergencies, it is allowed.

And if you need to attend a family members' funeral or it can't be avoided for work, people won't face any action.

Business will also face fines if they stay open when they should have closed.

You can only meet more than two people if:

– You're part of the same household
– Where its essential for work purposes
– When attending a funeral
– When moving house
– When providing care to a vulnerable person
– When providing emergency help
– When participaing in legal proceedings or legal obligations

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Horny Brits are using household objects to spice up their sex lives during coronavirus lockdown & 89% go for a spatula

AS Brits are now spending most of their time indoors they’re turning to everyday objects to spice up their sex life – with a spatula the top choice. 

It seems horny couples are making the most out of what they’ve got lying around, as shops have closed amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

The EOT Cleaning Company quizzed 1,668 Brits about their bedroom habits using improvised toys, and it turns out the humble spatula is the most commonly used household item in the bedroom. 

It seems with no actual paddles or spanking tools lying around, the cooking implement is having to do the job, with a whopping 86 per cent of those asked admitting to bringing it into the bedroom. 

Next on the list of DIY sex toys was ropes – or scarves – with some 85 per cent of people using it for some kinky fun. 

While tying your other half up is an established bedroom pastime, 82 per cent of people admitted to bringing their marigolds to bed. 

A duster was next on the list, with 81 per cent giving the feathery object a new lease of life in between the sheets. 

And making up the top five is a mirror, with 72 per cent saying they use the everyday item for some fresh perspective with their partner. 

Next on the list is a broomstick, with 55 per cent – who possibly have a witch or Hallowen fetish – confessing to using it to spice up their sex lives.

Sponges were also used in some sexual adventures, with 47 per cent giving the washing up aid a wild ride. 

Unsurprisingly high heels made the list, with 41 per cent of Brits bringing the classic shoe into the bedroom.

And it seems there’s a cleaning theme with the everyday objects used for erotic fun, with entire vacuum cleaners used by 41 per cent of horny Brits. 

Making up the top 10 is a glass table, with 39 per cent using this fragile focal piece in their love-making – just make sure you use a fresh sponge to clean it with after.

Plus the UK's favourite sex positions have been revealed from the Eagle to the Pretzel.

We shared how British adults admit to pleasuring themselves more than any other nation.

Meanwhile, a boyfriend hilariously reviews £25 Amazon sex toy saying it was so good for his girlfriend she ‘nearly killed him’.

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Boris Johnson thanks Brits for their ‘sacrifice’ after 1,000s cancelled Mother’s Day plans over coronavirus – The Sun


BORIS Johnson today thanked everyone who had stayed at home this Mother's Day.

He praised Brits who didn't visit their mums today, and instead made-do with a loving message over FaceTime or Skype or instead picked up the phone.

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Speaking at today's daily coronavirus press conference he said: "I want to thank everybody in the country today who…is being forced of course to do something differently today."

He continued: "Thank you for your restraint and for what you did."

The PM also thanked businesses who shut down, missing out on crucial Mother's Day profits.

Citing the "fantastic business" bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants missed out on today after the order came to shut down Friday evening, Mr Johnson said: "Thank you for your sacrifice, I know how tough it must be."

He vowed the government would "stand behind" British business and workers throughout the crisis and was quick to remind Brits they were "saving lives."

He continued to remind Brits they were "doing their bit" by following government advice, adding; "You're doing your bit to slow the spread of this disease."

Thousands today scrapped plans for Sunday roasts at posh pubs and fancy meals out after scores of businesses closed their doors Friday.

And those with elderly or vulnerable mums picked up the phone or checked in via Skype or Facetime.

Writing for The Sun yesterday, Boris Johnson reminded Brits: "This Mother’s Day the best present we can give to those who gave us life is sparing them the risk of coronavirus."

He continued: "I know that everyone’s strongest instinct is to go and see their mother in person, to have a meal together, to show them how much you love them. But I am afraid that this Mothering Sunday, the single best present that we can give — we who owe our mothers so much — is to spare them the risk of catching a very dangerous disease.

"The sad news is that means staying away. This time the best thing is to ring her, video call her, Skype her, but to avoid any unnecessary physical contact or proximity.

"And why? Because if your mother is elderly or vulnerable, then I am afraid all the statistics show that she is much more likely to die from coronavirus, or Covid-19. We cannot disguise or sugar-coat the threat."

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And Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick also thanked Brits.

The MP said: "Today on Mother's Day, many of us would want nothing more than to be at home with our loved ones in person."

He added we owe it to key workers and society's most vulnerable to stay at home.

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Brits told to self-isolate for a week if they have a ‘mild’ cold or a cough as coronavirus spreads – The Sun

BRITS are being told to do their duty for the country's coronavirus effort and self-isolate for seven days if they have a mild cough or cold.

Anyone with even mild symptoms should not leave home for seven days from when their symptoms start to stop the virus spreading.


It comes as the number of people in the UK to die from coronavirus hit 10, with 590 Brits testing positive.

Boris Johnson tonight mapped out the next stage of Britain's fight to overcome the virus, as the country moves to the "delay" phase.

People staying at home for seven days should stay at least two metres away from people whenever possible, according to Public Health England's guidelines.

If possible, people should also sleep alone – as well as wash their hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water.

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They cannot go for a walk, to work, school or public areas.

While at home, people should their own toothbrushes, eating and drinking utensils (including cups and glasses in the bathroom and bedroom), dishes, drinks, towels, washcloths or bed linen.

If people's symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days they should use NHS 111 online, or call 111 if they don't have internet access.

But the government will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.

Anyone with a medical emergency should call 999.

PLAN AHEAD

If someone is forced to stay at home for seven days they should plan ahead and talk to their employer, friends and family to ensure they have what they need, such as food or medication.

Family and friends can drop off supplies, or they can be ordered online.

Cooking, reading, online learning and watching films are among the activities the government recommends for anyone staying at home for seven days.

The government's 14-day self-isolation advice is for anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed case, but not shown symptoms.

Most people will no longer be likely to transmit the virus 7 days after the onset of symptoms.

The government has also advised us to stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, said modelling predicted a 20-25 per cent drop in the peak of the epidemic by getting people to stay at home for a week if they have mild symptoms.

Moving to whole household isolation adds an extra 25 per cent reduction.

Up to 10,000 Brits ‘already infected with coronavirus’ – and peak of crisis is still weeks away

UP TO 10,000 Brits could already be infected with undiagnosed coronavirus, experts have warned.

Speaking after a COBRA meeting, Boris Johnson said the number of cases in the UK is expected to rise sharply – warning the peak is still weeks away.

The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance added the 590 reported cases in the UK could be the tip of the iceberg.
He said: “"If you calculate what that really means in terms of the total number, it is much more likely that we have between 5,000 and 10,000 people infected at the moment.”

Elderly people warned not to go on cruises

BORIS JOHNSON tonight warned people over 70 with serious medical conditions should avoid taking cruises to protect them from coronavirus.

The new advice is based on guidance from the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, and follows a number of cases around the world of cruise ships experiencing outbreaks on board.

Underlying conditions include diabetes, respiratory disease, asthma, chronic heart, liver or neurological disease, a weakened immune system or any recent or undergoing chemotherapy.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The nature and design of cruise ships – where passengers are contained and the virus can spread faster – makes them a particularly risky environment for vulnerable people.”

Boris rules out cancelling public gatherings for now despite Scotland ban

Boris Johnson has ruled out cancelling public gatherings over the coronavirus despite Scotland issuing a ban.

The Prime Minister refused to cancel sporting events and concerts to combat the disease as it offered no real benefit.

His decision comes as Scotland banned gatherings of more than 500 people.

He said: "The scientific advice as we’ve said over the last couple of weeks is that banning such events will have little effect on the spread.

"So we’re discussing these issues with colleagues in all parts of the United Kingdom and will have more to say shortly about the timing of further action in that respect.”

SCHOOLS won't be closed over coronavirus fears – but will be forced to ditch foreign trips

Boris Johnson today confirmed schools would stay open because closing them could actually make things worse.The Prime Minister vowed to keep them open for now but slapped a ban on school trips abroad.
Instead schools will be monitored and only forced to close on an individual basis.

Mr Johnson said: "We are not closing schools now, the scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time.

"Schools should only close if they are specifically advised to do so."

Don't call NHS 111 with mild symptoms – go online

IF you are worried you might have coronavirus DON'T call NHS 111, the Prime Minister said today.

Boris Johnson urged all Brits to visit the NHS 111 website as their first port of call.

If you think your condition is getting worse, seek medical attention quickly and dial 999 in an emergency.

If it's not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online here.

If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

All routine medical and dental appointments should be cancelled while you are sick and staying at home.

Public Health England said it will no longer be testing everyone suspected of having coronavirus.

If you are self-isolating with mild symptoms you won't be tested.

Whole families could have to self-isolate if ONE has symptoms in future

FAMILIES could soon be told to self-isolate if just ONE of them has coronavirus symptoms, it emerged today.

At the moment Brits who get ill are being told to stay away from the people in their home as best they can – and avoid contact with others.

But in future whole families could have to go into lockdown to stop the spread further, experts said earlier.

That could be for up to a fortnight to make sure that everyone in the family has time for the symptoms to show and to get over the most infectious part of the disease.

However, that is not advice the Government is recommending at the moment – as we are not yet at the peak of the illness.


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SCHOOLS won't be closed over coronavirus fears – but will be forced to ditch foreign trips

Boris Johnson today confirmed schools would stay open because closing them could actually make things worse.The Prime Minister vowed to keep them open for now but slapped a ban on school trips abroad.
Instead schools will be monitored and only forced to close on an individual basis.

Mr Johnson said: "We are not closing schools now, the scientific advice is that this could do more harm than good at this time.

"Schools should only close if they are specifically advised to do so."




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Airlines refuse to fly Brits told they can leave virus-hit hotel

Airlines including TUI and Jet2 refuse to fly home Britons who were told they can leave coronavirus-hit hotel in Tenerife

  • H10 Costa Adeje Palace was on lockdown after four tested positive for coronavirus 
  • About 130 guests can leave the Tenerife hotel after undergoing screening 
  • Jet2 wouldn’t take passengers to the UK unless tested negative for coronavirus  
  • Those who arrived prior to February 24 won’t be allowed to leave until March 10 

At least 50 Britons from a coronavirus-hit hotel in Tenerife were free to head home yesterday – despite concerns over the efficiency of their quarantine.

But after getting the go-ahead, many found themselves stranded when airlines refused to fly them home.

Jet2 announced that it would not fly any passengers to Britain unless they tested negative for the illness or the two-week incubation period had passed.

Comfort: A masked girl holds her doll outside the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, yesterday. It was put on lockdown after four Italians tested positive for coronavirus. While at least 50 Britons were free to head home, airlines have refused to fly them back to the UK

Last night tour operator TUI also confirmed it would not be jetting the holidaymakers home.

A Foreign Office source said that – despite the drastic measures – it would be impossible to stop Britons simply attempting to rebook through a different carrier or head to another of the island’s two airports. At least 160 Britons were holed up in the four-star H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel after it was placed on lockdown when four Italians tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

Jet2 confirmed that 100 holidaymakers had booked through their company, while a number of Britons had booked through TUI.

A total of 130 guests from 11 countries have been told they can leave the hotel after undergoing screening because they arrived after those who tested positive had been taken to hospital.

Papers: Staff in protective gear assist guests as they leave the Tenerife hotel. A total of 130 guests from 11 countries have been told they can leave the hotel after undergoing screening because they arrived after those who tested positive had been taken to hospital

Around 700 tourists were in the hotel at the time of the outbreak.

Those who arrived prior to February 24 have been told they will not be allowed to leave the hotel until March 10. Yesterday some holidaymakers criticised a lack of communication from the Foreign Office [FCO] and said that they had concerns about the spread of the virus.

Airline TUI (stock image) has confirmed it will not be jetting the holidaymakers home – leaving many of the tourists stranded. Around 700 tourists were in the hotel at the time of the outbreak and 130 have been told they can leave

Mother-of-two Lara Pennington said she was told families could leave their rooms if they were wearing masks, washed their hands regularly and did not touch their faces.

‘However, we have seen, witnessed, numerous people in the grounds walking round without masks on,’ she said.

A bystander is pictured next to a security fence near the Palace hotel on February 27. Many families were told they could leave their rooms if they were wearing masks, washed their hands regularly and avoided touching their faces 

‘I have two very small children, I have my in-laws here and they’re in their 70s, one with an underlying heart problem. We are not prepared to put them at risk. No special measures have been put in place for my children or for them, and we feel very, very unsafe.’

And Jayney Brown, 61, from Wetherby, Yorkshire, told the Mail that 50 British guests were set to leave the hotel yesterday morning. She said that she had been looked after ‘extremely well’, and was prepared to stay in quarantine until March 10. ‘People are being careful with hand sanitizer and we have to wear masks,’ she said. ‘Many people are doing as normal – a lot are around the pool.

‘It’s actually a little bit more sociable than it would have been. The Brits are sticking together and chatting. The bar is only open for an hour a day so you see the same faces there when it opens.

‘Some people, however, are literally staying in their rooms. They are taking it extremely seriously. You only see them on their balconies with their face masks on.’

Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, said: ‘Public Health England is working with the FCO and Spanish authorities to identify people who stayed at the Costa Adeje Hotel in Tenerife on or after February 17.

‘Individuals who have returned from the Costa Adeje Hotel are advised to self-isolate until March 10. If they develop symptoms in that time, they should call NHS 111 and they will be tested for COVID-19.’ The Canary Islands authorities last night said just six Britons had left the hotel.

Meanwhile TUI yesterday said it had advised all of its customers to stay put. 

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