Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in his press conference on Thursday that the UK would be able to decrease COVID-19 infections within the next 3 months, but only if necessary steps are taken and the public work together.
He, however, added that he doesn’t know for how long the crisis will continue. The government plans on buying hundreds of thousands of antibody tests which will be able to tell if somebody has the COVID-19 disease.
He informed the public that mass testing will be taking place soon in order for the government to keep tabs on the virus.
Chris a twitter user believes: “A leader can implement measures to do so, but the people have to follow the protocol for it to be effective if we don’t follow instructions who is to blame?”
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UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock encouraged social isolation measures to take place to help the UK avoid difficult situations and decrease COVID-19 cases over the next 3 months.
He said: “The more people that follow the public health advice, the quicker we will get through this”.
According to the World Health Organization, as of 1 pm on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in the UK had increased to 3269.
The Prime Minister urged citizens to not make use of public transport, stay away from pubs, work from home and improve personal hygiene in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also pleaded to citizens to stop panic buying.
Another 29 people have sadly passed away in the UK due to COVID-19 with the total number of deaths now recorded at 144.
Furthermore, the government have sent letters to 65,000 retired doctors and nurses urging them to return to work to help fight COVID-19.
Article was written by: Chanté Lourens