AGENCIES, London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Britons to ‘keep going’ with lockdown at his first Downing Street briefing after recovering from coronavirus.
Johnson chaired a Cabinet meeting in the morning and said on Twitter that he ‘understands the impatience’ of people to end the draconian restrictions crippling the economy.
“I must ask you to keep going in the way that you have kept going so far, so we can protect our NHS and save lives,” he said.
On the issue of easing or exiting the lockdown, Johnson said five test parameters must be met before social distancing measures can be considered. They include NHS capacity to provide critical care and treatment, sustained and consistent fall in daily coronavirus deaths, reliable data showing reduction in infections that can be managed, PPE requirement and testing challenges in future, reduction in risk of second wave of infections.
“Keeping the R down will be vital to our recovery, and we can only do it with discipline and by working together,” he reiterated.
However, he did say at the press briefing later in the evening that in a week’s time a comprehensive plan would be announced on how to reopen schools, workplaces and kickstart the economy. The decision to extend the lockdown or not will be decided next week.
On Thursday, although the death toll reported was 674, the number of new infections have been low, indicating an improvement and the virus crossing its peak phase. The cumulative death toll stands at 26,711 as on Thursday.