Among the strategies taken by the UK government against the COVID-19 outbreak, Mitigation strategies were not effective.
A report published on 16 March 2020 by the Imperial College COVID-19 response team stated that the government's mitigation action plan did not make an impact on reducing the spread of coronavirus pandemic. The team advises the government to change the mitigation strategy into a plan for suppressing the outbreak. The report also mentioned that in the absence of vaccines and effective drug treatments, there were several public health measures countries can take to help slow the spread of the COVID-19. The team directs five such measures that were Home isolation of cases, Home quarantine, Social distancing, Social distancing of those over 70 years, and Closure of schools and universities.
However, the report by the Imperial College says that the government's action plan over the COVID-19 outbreak was focused only on mitigating the effect, not on controlling the spreading of the virus.
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