Yes but it was known months ago, talk about closing the the stable door. When the first reports were coming in what were they doing? I'll tell you, concentrating on that nonsense "Trick & Treat" and telling us how wonderful it was. What they should have been doing is setting up a rigid isolation system to protect the country and the key workers. Rigid quarantine of travellers and preventative measures.
The quasi acaedemics as usual have lost the plot
and only months after the warning signs are they begining to act. I was warning the list as far back as January of this year.
Experts, as opposed to quasi acaedemics, talk about letting the genie out of the bottle. I understand the previous pandemic occurred in 1918 -19 following cessation of hostilities, after the Great War. The world mortality was over 30 Million as well as the morbidity particularly encephalitis lethargica as well as superadded infections.
From reviewing the emergeing world literature it does appear that the medics are certainly taking the brunt of the illness and it will hit the UK significantly over the next 4 to 6 weeks.
John Ryan is correct because in 1918 the influenza epidemic decimated the Irish population. Killed more Irish than the English in over 1000 years!!