GP Surgeries in Torquay Closed To ‘Contain Coronavirus Outbreak’

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Barton Surgery and Chelston Surgery in Devon were closed to “contain coronavirus outbreak.” The two surgeries were closed following advice from the UK’s public health agency.

The two surgeries will remain closed until March 16 although they did not give further details.

Two people – one being a student – were diagnosed with coronavirus on Monday, becoming the first positive coronavirus diagnosis in Devon.

Several schools in Torquay were closed as a precautionary measure. Some of the schools that were closed include St Margaret Catholic Primary School and Grammar School. The two schools are located in Brixham, Torquay.

UK’s public health agency warned that staff members at the two facilities were at risk of contracting the virus during the peak period of the epidemic in the country.

UK government is set to launch a health campaign to sensitize its citizens on the epidemic and urge them to regularly clean their hands. This comes in the wake of an increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK.

A Torquay resident, Lesley Blake, expressed her disappointments with the closure. She said that she was angered and scared because she could not get medication.

She recounted how she was shocked on arrival at the Chelston Surgery only to find it closed. She had gone to seek a prescription at the surgery for a repeat migraine. She felt frustrated and confused because she doesn’t know how long she will have to wait.

However, she revealed that a pharmacist had advised her to call 111 in case of an emergency.

Neither the management at the two surgeries nor NHS England has commented on the matter.

Coronavirus has so far claimed over 3000 lives across the globe. The deadly virus originated in Wuhan, China. The virus is spreading fast and many countries have taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

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