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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson sends letter to UK households

The UK Prime Minister is issuing a letter to every home in the country advising people to obey the guidelines that have been given as part of the lockdown.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson sends letter to UK households

As the UK death toll passed 1,000 on Saturday, it was revealed that the country's prime minister, Boris Johnson, would be sending a letter to 30 million British households. In this letter he warns people that the worst of the coronavirus crisis is yet to come and that stricter lockdown measures could be enforced "if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do."

Boris Johnson's letter to the UK

The letter reads: "We know things will get worse before they get better. But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal. ...That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

Speaking on Sunday, the minister for the cabinet office, Michael Gove, echoed Johnson's worst-is-still-to-come sentiments, saying the UK should be prepared to be on lockdown for a "significant period".

"I can’t make an accurate prediction," Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, "but everyone does have to prepare for a significant period when these measures are still in place."


On Friday, it had been announced that both Johnson and UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, had tested positive for coronavirus. The PM said that thanks to the "wizardry of modern technology" he would maintain contact with his team of advisors and "lead the national fightback against Covid-19".


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