In a shocking decision, the UK government has announced a new “fluoride ban” in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus.
According to The Times, which first reported the decision, it will affect all homes and businesses in the country.
As of March 11, the ban will apply to homes and buildings owned by the government, as well as those in the private sector.
Homeowners will still be able to keep their homes, and businesses will continue to be allowed to use fluoride water.
However, the government says they will be required to pay a $30 charge for every liter of water that is treated with the drug.
Residents of homes with multiple floors or two or more rooms will be given priority for treatment.
It will also apply to buildings with four or more units.
“This is the only way to ensure that people who are not sick are not exposed to toxic chemicals or to the threat of disease,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement on Friday.
“We are making it a priority to tackle the spread, and we want to ensure our children, our elderly and our people who live with HIV are protected.”
May also announced that businesses that receive fluoride water will be subject to a $50 charge for each liter they use.
A total of 5.3 million homes and 1.5 million buildings will be affected, according to the government.
The announcement comes as a new report shows that the global cost of coronacovirus is estimated at $9.6 billion per year, with the UK costing an additional $2.2 billion.
The World Health Organization estimates that the cost of the pandemic will reach $50 billion by the end of the year.
The report, which was commissioned by the British Medical Association, also warns that a further two million people could die from the virus.
According, the cost is expected to be as high as $9 billion by 2026.