Coronavirus: Up to fifth of the UK workers "off sick at same time"

According to BBC sources :

"Up to a fifth of the workforce may be off sick during the peak of a coronavirus epidemic in the UK, the government says in its latest plans.

Police may need to focus on only responding to the most serious crimes and maintaining public order if the virus spreads.

The Army could also provide support to emergency services if needed.

Other possible measures include school closures, reducing social gatherings and working from home.

Some non-urgent hospital care may be delayed to focus on treating coronavirus patients, while recently retired doctors and nurses may be called back to work.

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday there could be "significant expansion" in UK cases as the number rose to 39."

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