Isle Of Wight Residents To Receive Coronavirus Letter From PM Boris Johnson

Elias Hubbard
March 29, 2020

The Indian-origin senior minister, who gave an update on Johnson's health to reveal that the UK PM continues to "lead right from the front on this", announced that insolvency rules for companies would be changed to allow firms greater flexibility as they face the coronavirus crisis.

"Unless you have that testing capability that you can apply at scale, and by the way when I say mass testing I mean I actually think you will need to get to the point where you've got the capability, and I assume we're preparing for this now, of testing literally a very large proportion of the entire population".

The prime minister has warned the coronavirus crisis "will get worse before it gets better", in a letter being sent to every United Kingdom household.

The UK has so far reported 14,751 confirmed coronavirus cases with 761 deaths. "The more effectively we all comply with those measures, the faster our country will come through this epidemic, and the faster we will bounce back".

In the letter Johnson wrote, "We know things will get worse before they get better".

"If too many people become seriously ill at one time, the NHS will not be able to cope".

England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty, another key player in the UK's response, also said Friday that he was in self-isolation after experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. One should only leave home to buy food, medicines and for medical attention.

"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", he said, urging people to stay at home, to ease the burden od the National Health Service (NHS) and save lives.

Johnson's pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, reportedly moved out of Downing Street several days ago to the couple's south London home to self-isolate there.

"I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus, in particular the staff in our fantastic NHS and care sector across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland".

"Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS - and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable".

Mr Johnson, who claims to be working from home while experiencing "mild symptoms", is writing to every household to say that they "must" stay at home during the "national emergency".

In a tweet on Friday, Johnson had said that he has "developed mild symptoms" and is self-isolating.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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