UK News Boris Johnson Asks For 'Ruthless' Action From Public To Beat Coronavirus In 12 Weeks
Coronavirus: UK advice ‘may change soon’ as Italy goes into full lockdown
UK chief medical officer says people may be asked to self-isolate within 10 to 14 days from nowJohnson, accompanied by the UK’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty, last night said the Cobra emergency committee had decided it was not yet time to abandon the “containment” phase of the response to the outbreak.
Boris Johnson said the UK could “turn the tide” of theoutbreak in the next 12 weeks, but only if the public follows government advice to avoid gatherings.
The prime minister asked for “ruthless, determined, collective action” to “reduce the peak” of the virus.
But he told a press conference in Downing Street on Thursday that if people ignored the advice then “nothing is ruled out” when it came to imposing stricter restrictions, especially in London where the outbreak has so far hit hardest.
“We don’t know where we are and we don’t know how long this thing will go on for,” he said. “We do need very energetic, concerted effort to follow the medical advice.”
What the coronavirus delay phase could mean for the UK
Ministers have confirmed that measures to be brought in to slow down the rate of infection will have ‘social costs’.When Cobra meets on Thursday lunchtime, the Prime Minister is expected to advance preparations for combating the deadly virus by switching to tactics designed to delay its spread rather than contain the disease.
On Thursday morning No.10 said the capital will not be locked down like other major cities around the world.
The prime minister’s spokesperson said there was.
Johnson also revealed the first British patient had been put in a randomised trial for a treatment for Covid-19.
He said the government was “in negotiations” to buy a so-called antibody test.
“If it works as its proponents claim, then we will buy literally hundreds of thousands of these kits as soon as practicable,” he said. “Because obviously it has the potential to be a total gamechanger.”
Some 137 people in the UK have died after testing positive for the virus, including six in Scotland, two in Wales and one in Northern Ireland, according to the latestfigures.
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Boris Johnson the Brexit populist, or so the labelling goes. © Imagebridge Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance were at Boris Johnson's side His sidekick Michael Gove declared during the 2016 referendum that we'd all had enough of experts who got things "consistently wrong".But our apparently "populist" prime minister is taking a studiously non-populist approach to the "worst public health crisis for a generation".Ever since coronavirus landed in the UK, he has followed the advice of the experts.
Johnson said: “I’m conscious as the days have gone by that people will want to know how long we’re expecting them to keep it up.
“I think, looking at it all, that we can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks and I’m absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country.
“But only if we all take the steps that we’ve outlined, that is vital, that’s how we’re going to reduce the peak and once we’ve achieved that and I think that we will, if we take the steps I’ve said, then the scientific progress that we’ve been making will really start coming into play.”
Earlier today, the government’s top scientific advisers warned young people not to be complacent over Covid-19 as they urged the public to keep up social distancing measures.
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said the vast majority of people in all age groups would recover but it was a mistake for young people who are healthy to think they would all just “breeze through” the pandemic.
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