Boris Johnson is urging people to stay home as he goes into self-isolation
Posted on 31/03/2020
The UK's been hit particularly hard over the past week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson testing positive from Coronavirus on Friday, his secretary of state for health, Matt Hancock, saying minutes later he caught the virus as well, and chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, going into self-isolation after displaying the symptoms too.
On a Twitter post, the Prime Minister explained the situation and assured the nation he was going to keep on leading the country working from home, "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this."
Later on this week, the Prime Minister wrote an open letter to the country, urging people to respect lockdown measures. "If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives. We must slow the spread of the disease, and reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment in order to save as many lives as possible. That is why we are giving one simple instruction - you must stay at home.", he said.
He even added, "Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS - and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable. It is with that great British spirit that we will beat coronavirus and we will beat it together. That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."
The Prime Minister had been criticized earlier on for continuing to shake people's hands, when the government's advice was to keep a two meter distance with people. Government adviser Neil Ferguson had also been infected and even warned, "There is a lot of Covid-19 in Westminster". Not to mention Prince Charles also revealed he contracted the virus last week.
Even more worrying, the number of people who have died from Coronavirus in the UK was released on Monday and reached 1,408, while there were a total of 22,141 positive cases according to the health ministry. The global death toll even reached over 36,000, which is really showing again that it is, more than ever, time to follow measures and stay home.