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A total of 6,200 doctors from 30 countries took part in the survey with 37 percent backing hydroxychloroquine. Physicians around the world have been given clearance to prescribe the drug, but the UK is waiting until clinical trials are completed. Hydroxychloroquine is a form of chloroquine and used by the NHS to treat rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

In Spain, the Sermo polls says, 72 percent of doctors tackling the virus have prescribed it.


With 950 deaths reported in Spain over the last day, the nation’s death toll has surpassed 10,000.

In Italy, the country most affected by COVID-19, 53 percent of doctors say they have used it.

China, meanwhile, where the outbreak was first recorded has 43 percent of doctors backing the treatment.

In the United Kingdom, the figure is just 13 percent of those surveyed with this believed to be in private clinics.

The poll found the most often given were medicines globally were painkiller analgesics (56 percent), bacterial antibiotic azithromycin (41 percent) followed by chloroquine at 33 percent.

Peter Kirk, Semco chief executive, describes the results of the poll as a “treasure trove” for those devising policy.

Mr Kirk added: “Physicians should have more of a voice in how we deal with this pandemic and be able to quickly share information with one another and the world.”

Almost 40,000 people have tested positive for the virus in the United Kingdom.

Sadly, the most recent update confirmed 3,605 people had lost their lives.

A total of 228,000 Britons lost their lives to the Spanish flu pandemic after the First World War.

The illness was different from this one in that it mainly hit younger people. 


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The mortality rate of that pandemic, which coronavirus is compared to, is estimated to be around 10 to 20 percent worldwide.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) took to Twitter to once again reiterate the message regarding handwashing, take 20 seconds and do it whenever you return home.

Britons are advised to only leave the home for essential trips for medicine or food, exercise once a day and work if they cannot work from home.

DHSC also confirmed: “In response to the #coronavirus outbreak, @MattHancockannounced yesterday that more than a hundred NHS hospitals will be rid of historic debt Cross mark.

“This will free hospitals up to invest in maintaining vital services and longer-term infrastructure improvements.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive last week but recovered to give Thursday’s Government briefing and attend Question Time.

On Friday, he opened the NHS Nightingale hospital, based at the converted Excel London.

It is currently the fourth biggest hospital in the world by number of beds with 4,000 in total.

Another temporary NHS hospital due to open in Birmingham will have 5,000, meaning Britain will possess the two largest hospitals in Europe.

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