UK government has cancelled nearly 5,000 government websites as it tries to stop coronaviral outbreak
UNITED KINGDOM – June 30, 2019 — Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters said Friday it has canceled nearly 5.2 million government websites and websites that serve public services, including the NHS, the BBC and BBC Radio.
The announcement comes as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a nationwide lockdown that begins Friday.
May said Friday that the country is facing a “serious threat” to public health, saying the situation in Britain is “at an all-time high.”
The decision came a day after Britain’s health ministry said more than 1,300 coronaviruses have been detected in people in the U.K. More than 500 coronavireuses are being tested at Britain’s major hospitals in an effort to test for new ones, the health ministry announced Friday.
Health Minister Jonathan Ashworth told reporters that there is no reason for people to stop using their online services.
He said the government is working to find ways to make it easier for people who are unable to access the internet to use the NHS and the BBC.
“I have no doubt that our efforts will yield the best possible outcome,” Ashworth said.
On Friday, British Prime Minster Boris Johnson said the country will need more than a week to get through the lockdown, and the government was considering putting the shutdown on hold indefinitely.
Ashworth also said he will convene a meeting with the governors of Britain’s 17 counties to discuss the situation.