Published On: Sun, Mar 29th, 2020

Boris Johnson coronavirus: Prime Minister announces 20,000 NHS workers return | UK | News

The Prime Minister delivered a speech on a video link on Sunday evening to deliver the latest update on the coronavirus outbreak. He revealed that 20,000 former NHS staff have returned to work in order to help stop the virus.

Mr Johnson, who is quarantined after testing positive for Covid-19 last week, referenced a speech delivered by Mrs Thatcher in which she claimed there is “no such thing as society” during an interview in Women’s Own in 1987.

However, Mr Johnson used the quote to argue the deadly virus has proved the opposite is actually true.

He said: “One thing I think the coronavirus crisis has already proved is that there really is such a thing as society.”

The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to acknowledge the work and efforts of those in the front lines.

“Just this evening I can tell you we have 20,000 NHS staff coming back to the colours – doctors and nurses – it’s a most 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 the health services in the fight to control the outbreak.

He also mentioned pharmacists for “not only dispensing vital medicines but also, very often, reassurance to the customers they interact with”.

On Sunday England’s deputy chief medical officer said it could take six month or more for the UK to get back to normal.

Dr Jenny Harries also warned restrictions could be in place for months before they start to get lifted progressively.

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The briefing comes as another 207 coronavirus-related deaths are confirmed in the UK, bringing the total to date up to 1,235.

The deputy chief medical officer added that the next two to three weeks would be key when judging whether the lockdown restrictions have been successful, warning that the death rate is expected to go up.

Dr Harries said: “We will not have succeeded until we get right to the end of this outbreak.”

Robert Jenrick, Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, added that further restrictions could be implemented if citizens failed to follow the advice.

Mr Jenrick announced that strategic co-ordination centres led by gold commanders are being introduced nationwide to connect senior members of the emergency services with local authorities and the NHS.

The MP also said that around one million vulnerable people should stay at home for 12 weeks due to their underlying conditions.

He added that the NHS will deliver medicines to those who do not have other people to rely on and that, by the end of this week, 50,000 parcels containing essential goods will have been send to at risk households.

Mr Jenrick added that the government is prepared “to send out as many as required for as long as it takes”.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told Sky News that the length of the lockdown depends on how citizens behave.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge On Sunday, he explained: ”There are different projections as to how long the lockdown might last. But it’s not the case that the length of the lockdown is something that is absolutely fixed”

Mr Gove said that the length of the lockdown could be shortened if people adhere to the Government’s advice.

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