Boris Johnson says coronavirus tide could turn in 12 weeks if public heed advice

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has told the nation he is “absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country” and the tide can be turned within the next 12 weeks.

The prime minister urged members of the public to heed the advice to keep up social distancing and stay at home if ill or if somebody in their household is ill as he said: “I know it’s tough, I know it’s difficult… but please, please follow the advice.”

He thanked everyone for the “huge efforts that the country is making” and urged businesses to stand by their employees, with further announcements due from chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday.

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But he stressed that “nothing is ruled out”, suggesting tougher restrictions on movement could be introduced if people failed to comply with advice.

“I’m conscious as the days have gone by that people will want to know how long we’re expecting them to keep it up,” he told reporters at his daily press conference in Downing Street.

“I think, looking at it all, that we can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks and I’m absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country.

“But only if we all take the steps that we’ve outlined, that is vital, that’s how we’re going to reduce the peak and once we’ve achieved that and I think that we will, if we take the steps I’ve said, then the scientific progress that we’ve been making will really start coming into play.”

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It comes as the Queen issued a message to the nation which says the UK is “entering a period of great concern and uncertainty”, adding that “our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one”.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Italy rose to 3,405, overtaking the total number of deaths so far registered in China.

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    1. What’s really sad about this article is that the framing of this article falls entirely within the MSM establishment bubble. the Canary is turning into just another standard, establishment propaganda mouthpiece. Simply repeating what Elizabeth or Boris have said is not journalism – where’s the investigation of the truth claims? For instance, when Liz said: “our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one”, this is palpably and demonstrably false, since there never has been a time when this has happened, ever. The “nation” she speaks of is less than a century old, and has never been united, there has always been internal strife (e.g. the IRA, the miners’ strike, racism, homophobia, transphobia, class struggle, and so on and on). And she, Liz, is about as divisive a person as it’s possible to be, standing for a system that divides the vast majority from any sort of self-determining power whatsoever. And what action is she actually taking? Beyond those empty, untruthful words?

    2. I’m still not convinced this disease is even real. The reactions to it are real enough but that doesn’t make the disease any more real. I believe it’s a cover to give huge sums of public money to the markets, and to control public reaction by hardly mentioning it after years of austerity; then ensure the public have other worries from toilet rolls to kids home from school. Then restrict movements and right to assembly.

      The first businesses to struggle are the very businesses which would lose income in a market collapse ie. tourism, hotels, pubs etc. I think the mixed messages these past few weeks about its spread, numbers of ill and dying and so forth, is because they couldn’t know exactly when the markets would go down; so they were unable to synchronise the arrival and spread of corona-thingy with collapses in the market. If corona-thingy had brought the markets down the effects of both would tally more closely than they do.

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