Covid-19: UK government sends mass text message urging people to stay at home

Covid-19: UK government sends mass text message urging people to stay at home

- People in UK have been asked to stay at home

- To emphasize this, the UK government has sent text messages to her citizens

- The messages are being sent by the mobile operators

In efforts to emphasize the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government is sending a mass text message to the people of the country.

In the text message shared on Facebook, the UK is urging everyone to stay home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The message is labelled as a ' coronavirus alert' and says 'new rules in force now: you must stay at home' with a link to the government website.

Going further, the government urged citizens to visit its coronavirus advice page which includes information on the outbreak and advice on how to stay safe.

Meanwhile, recall that had reported that there is optimism that something good is about to come from Senegal, Africa in relation to coronavirus which is threatening the world and currently recognised as a pandemic.

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This is because innovators from the African country are now assisting the United Kingdom with the creation of the fastest testing kits that could detect the virus in an individual within 10 minutes.

The world is held in surprise at the way the virus spreads with cases now above 120,000.

Mologic, a British biotech firm, is partnering with the Institut Pasteur de Dakar, for the manufacturing of the testing devices which will be done at DiaTropix, which Quartz described as "a new custom-built facility for epidemics-related innovation, in Dakar, Senegal."

The report said the creation of the test kits is to be facilitated partly with a 1 million pounds grant to Mologic, which is a British organisation.

The amount is part of the £46 million (N21,163,542,000) fund for UK meant for the prevention of coronavirus and research into it.

The testing kit, which manufacturing would commence in June 2020, is said to be designed as a hand-held device.

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Mologic, on the one hand, is an organisation that previously produced similar test kits for diseases like Ebola, measles and yellow fever.

This may be a reason it is trusted to produce prototypes of its coronavirus test kit which would then be validated by some specialists.

Those billed to validate the test kits are in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the University of London, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the University of Malaya, Malaysia and Fiocruz in Brazil.

Once it is approved, it means the world would have a faster means to detect the virus.

Currently, testing for the virus takes a bit longer and it is complex. It includes a throat swab, taking samples to dedicated centres and laboratories and spending many hours waiting for results.

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