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    People have taken to Twitter to express their frustration at what they feel is the overreaction of many to a global epidemic which thus far has a fatality rate of under 4% . The UK has recorded six deaths, 18 recoveries, and 373 cases of the COVID-19 virus as of 9am on 10 March 2020.

    Twitter users in the UK have been deploying the #COVID2019uk hashtag to express their fears, frustrations and irritations over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the government's response to the epidemic, and what they feel is a disproportionate reaction by elements of the public.

    For example, despite assurances from officials that bulk purchasing of products is not necessary, there are those who have engaged in "panic buying":

    Supermarkets have reportedly been implementing ration policies to prevent mass purchases of certain products such as toilet paper, long-life milk, pasta, and hand sanitiser gel.

    Meanwhile the comedic side of things have not been lost on people either:

    ​There is also an amusing coincidence with a thriller published in 1981:

    People have also been using the hashtag to try and put things into proportion and offer advice:

    As of 9am on 10 March the UK has recorded six deaths (including two elderly patients with underlying health problems) and 18 recoveries, out of 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections. 

    ​According to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 live interactive database there are currently 116,146 total confirmed cases worldwide, with 64,385 recoveries (55.43%) and 4,088 deaths (3.52%), as of 2:13:14 PM on 10 March 2020.

    Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE 10 March 2019 2_31_14 pm
    Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE 10 March 2019 2_31_14 pm

    By comparison, influenza kills an estimated 0.1% of those infected annually, while SARS and MERS had fatality rates of 9 - 10% and 36% respectively.


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