The Prime Minister gave a video link speech on Sunday evening to provide the latest update on the coronavirus epidemic. He revealed that 20,000 former SSN employees have returned to work to help stop the virus.
Johnson, who was quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, referred to a speech delivered by Ms. Thatcher in which she stated that “there is no such thing as society” during an interview with Women’s Own in 1987.
However, Johnson used the quote to claim that the deadly virus has proven that the opposite is true.
He said, “One thing I think the coronavirus crisis has already shown is that there really is something like society.”
The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to recognize the work and efforts of those on the front lines.
“Just tonight I can tell you that we have 20,000 SSN employees returning to colors – doctors and nurses – it’s a really amazing thing,” he said.
In the two-and-a-half-minute video, the Prime Minister also thanked the 750,000 civilian volunteers who are helping health services fight to control the epidemic.
He also cited pharmacists for “not only dispensing vital medicines but also, very often, reassuring the customers they interact with”.
England’s deputy medical director said on Sunday that it could take six months or more for the UK to return to normal.
Dr Jenny Harries also warned that the restrictions could be in effect for months before they begin to be gradually lifted.
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The briefing comes when 207 other coronavirus-related deaths are confirmed in the UK, bringing the total to date to 1,235.
The deputy chief added that the next two or three weeks would be critical to assessing whether blocking restrictions were successful, warning that the mortality rate should rise.
Dr Harries said, “We will not have succeeded until we reach the end of this outbreak.”
Robert Jenrick, Secretary of Housing, Communities and Local Government, added that further restrictions could apply if citizens did not follow the advice.
Jenrick announced that strategic coordination centers led by gold commanders are being introduced nationally to connect senior members of emergency services with local authorities and the NHS.
The MP also said that around one million vulnerable people should stay home for 12 weeks because of their basic conditions.
He added that the National Health Service will deliver medicines to those who have no other people to count on and that, by the end of this week, 50,000 parcels containing basic necessities will have been shipped to families at risk.
Mr. Jenrick added that the government is ready to “send the necessary number for as long as necessary”.
Government office minister Michael Gove told Sky News that the length of the blockade depends on citizens’ behavior.
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, she explained: “There are several projections of how long the blockade could last. But it is not the case that the block length is absolutely fixed.”
Gove said the duration of the blockade could be reduced if people join the government council.