Following the publication of the Government’s action plan to tackle the coronavirus, Rachel is urging her constituents to continue their lives as usual but to wash their hands to help fight the virus.

Published yesterday (March 4th), the Coronavirus Action Plan sets out how the Government will take all the necessary and reasonable steps to tackle this outbreak.

The plan has four strands – contain, delay, research and mitigate. Containing the virus, delaying its spread, researching its origins and cure, and finally mitigating the impact should the virus become more widespread.

Rachel said: “I completely understand that with continued media coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, my constituents are concerned about the spread of this virus, that’s why the Government has published its Action Plan to reassure everyone what it is doing to tackle this outbreak.

“The NHS will get all of the support that it needs to respond to this virus, and I am in contact with local health bosses and local councils to ensure they are prepared and have the resources they need.

“Unfortunately, the spread of this virus is likely to become more significant in the coming weeks, but the UK remains extremely well prepared to tackle this outbreak.

“As the Prime Minister has said, for the overwhelming majority of people who contract the virus, this will be a mild disease from which they will speedily and fully recover as we’ve already seen.

“We can all fight the coronavirus by washing our hands. It’s simple advice but washing our hands with soap and hot water is the single most important thing we can all do.

“I want to stress that for the vast majority of people, it’s business as usual.”