UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated that people should follow the advice given to help the UK’s response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, saying that we can make a ‘huge huge difference’ if we all do follow the advice together.
Speaking during the daily Coronavirus press conference from Downing Street on Thursday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “We can turn the tide in the next 12 weeks and we can send coronavirus packing if we all take the steps we have outlined.” He warned that the 12-week timeline could not be certain and what would happen after 12 weeks cannot be guaranteed at this time.
The PM said there is no prospect of the government wanting to stop public transport in London but that people should avoid events and also venues such as pubs and clubs where the virus could be transmitted. Mr Johnson thanked Britons for their efforts and for following the advice thus far, urging them to continue doing the same. He said there was evidence that people were following the advice, with there being much lower than usual takings in the retail and hospitality industries and for Transport for London.
Asked if the government would introduce stricter measures, Mr Johnson said that if the government considered that further measures were needed due to people not following advice, then they may be introduced. It was implied that options including closing shops and restaurants remain on the table.
The Prime Minister also urged members of the public to refrain from panic-buying and be reasonable when shopping.