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Coronavirus: Why is the UK responding differently to most other countries?

The UK has taken a very different approach than most other countries to combating coronavirus. LBC explains the thinking behind the Prime Minister's strategy.
Boris Johnson's plan is to create a "herd immunity" to coronavirus, meaning that if a wide number of low-risk people get the virus, it will be harder to spread further later down the line.

So what is the difference between the UK's approach and other European countries, who have closed schools and put in travel restrictions.

LBC's Ben Kentish explains the science behind the UK's coronavirus strategy.

"Boris Johnson was adamant yesterday that he is confident he has taken the right approach - as was the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser.

"It's a very different approach to almost all the UK's allies, with other western democracies going for stricter measures immediately.

"But they are confident that their modelling and their science shows that ultimately a lot of those measures are pointless. It's a risky decision, because it does put the UK out on a limb, but it's based on two fundamental predictions.

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