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UK government asks manufacturers to make health equipment

By Rhiannon Edwards

PM Boris Johnson is expected to confirm new measures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in a press conference later today, Monday March 16

The UK government has asked manufacturers in Britain to re-focus their resources on making health equipment including respirators, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The prime minister will speak to British manufacturers including Unipart Group to ask them to support production of essential medical equipment for the NHS,” a Downing Street spokesman told Reuters.

The government is also considering using hotels as emergency rooms for patients suffering from the coronavirus, to ease the burden on hospitals across the UK when the pandemic fully sets in.

The predicted impact on the UK could see up to 80 per cent of the population contract the virus. There is debate among senior health officials about whether containment (as in Spain, France and Italy) or herd exposure, is the best course of action to deal with the crisis.

PM Boris Johnson is expected to speak at a press conference later today, Monday, March 16, to confirm new measures to deal with the pandemic.

“We’ve got high quality engineering in this country and we want anybody who has the manufacturing capability to turn to a manufacturer of ventilators to do that,” health secretary Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

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