Things will get worse before getting better, Boris Johnson warned

Things will get worse before getting better, PM warns
The prime minister chaired Saturday morning's Covid-19 meeting via video-link. Source: PA MEDIA
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Daily US Times: The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned in a letter being sent to every UK household that the coronavirus crisis will get worse before it gets better.

Mr Johnson is currently in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, says stricter restrictions could be put in place if necessary.

Britons also get a leaflet detailing government rules on leaving the house and health information in the coming days.

The UK has confirmed 260 more deaths on Saturday, making the number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has to 1,019, while there are 17,089 confirmed cases.

In the letter sent to 30 million households, Mr Johnson writes: “From the start, we have sought to put in the right measures at the right time.”

“We will not hesitate to go further if that is what the scientific and medical advice tells us we must do,” the letter adds.

The anticipated cost of the project is £5.8m.

Last week, the British government announced tough measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on public gatherings of more than two people and the closure of shops selling non-essential goods.

“It’s important for me to level with you – we know things will get worse before they get better,” the letter reads.

“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.”

As Mr Johnson warned, experts also have predicted that the number of coronavirus deaths and cases to continue to rise for the next two to three weeks before the effects of social distancing measures and hard restrictions on everyday life begin to have an impact.

Mr Johnson described the outbreak as a “moment of national emergency”, and reiterates the government guidance to stay at home to avoid putting pressure on the NHS so that lives can be saved.

He acknowledged that the restriction will have a financial impact on families.

“The government will do whatever it takes to help you make ends meet and put food on the table,” he says.

He praised the work of doctors, nurses and other carers as well as the hundreds of thousands of people who have volunteered to help the most vulnerable.