A grim report by UK scientists warned that without drastic restrictions, 2.2 m people in the US would die of the coronavirus and a quarter of a million in Britain. Eight to nine percent of people in the most vulnerable age group, 80 and older, could die if infected. This report by researchers at London’s Imperial College – which advises the Johnson government on its coronavirus response – warned the two governments that the current public health threat is the “most serious” respiratory virus since the Spanish Flu in 1918.
This report spurred the Trump task team and British prime minister Boris Johnson to finally ramp up restrictions. New federal guidelines issued Sunday night warned Americans to work from home, avoid unnecessary shopping trips and refrain from eating in restaurants. Some states and cities have already imposed stricter measures, including lockdowns and business closings. The Ohio governor cancelled the Democratic primary. In London, everyone was told to avoid pubs, restaurants, and theaters and non-essential journeys.