The media are just playing games as usual. The Guardian has been stoking up fear and panic day after day. I cannot think that closing down the country is appropriate. Protect the elderly and the vulnerable is clearly essential. The Police response in some quarters has been predictable. Policing by consent!!!!? The inability of too many people in authority positions to see the wood for the trees is again predictable.
I think off-guardian have done some sterling work
here providing a forum for scientists recently, and therefore bringing some balance to the debate.