Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has addressed the nation on the crisis of the Coronavirus. Johnson said that this was “the biggest threat that the country has faced for decades” and said that “without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, no health service in the world could possibly cope”.
Johnson said that everyone should stay at home, but with the following exceptions:
“- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
– One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
– Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
– Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.”
The Prime Minister said that the rules would be reviewed in three weeks and changed if it prudent to do so. He ended his address, which is thought to have been watched by over 30 million people, by saying:
“Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together. To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives. And I know that as they have in the past so many times.
The people of this country will rise to that challenge. And we will come through it stronger than ever. We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together. And therefore I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.”