Other deadly disease outbreaks to hit the UK as coronavirus ravages world

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today revealed the government’s plan for tackling the spread of coronavirus in the UK – but have there been other deadly outbreaks in Britain?

The number of confirmed cases in the country has now reached 39, but the government is preparing for a rapid spread.

Mr Johnson has said it is “highly likely” the UK will see a growing number of coronavirus cases, but has stressed that “for the vast majority of people in this country we should be going about our business as usual”.

Coronavirus, or Covid-19 as it has been named, first appeared in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Since then the virus has spread across the world, with more than 90,000 cases and 3,000 deaths.

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But this isn’t the only deadly outbreak the country has faced in recent times.

Over the past 100 years, the UK has been hit with a handful of major virus outbreaks.

The most serious case in the UK was the so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19.

This overlapped with the end of the World War 1, and millions of people died around the world.

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While the outbreak was estimated to have killed 20 to 50 million people globally, the number was around 200,000 in the UK.

This was equivalent to roughly 0.5% of the pre-war population.

Spanish flu was a particularly serious strain of the H1N1 influenza virus.

Despite its name, its precise origins are not known.

Almost a century later on, another strain of the same virus caused the swine flu outbreak of 2009-2010, which originated in Mexico.

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Although a mild outbreak compared to Spanish flu, it was still estimated to have caused 18,000 deaths globally, and 457 in the UK.

In recent times there have been two moderate pandemics in the UK.

The so-called Asian flu began in southern China and spread around the world in 1957-1958.

It was believed to have caused around four million deaths around the world, including 33,000 in the UK.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968-69 caused the deaths of around 88,000 in the UK.

This flu strain was also believed to have originated in southern China.

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