Boris Johnson writes Britons on lockdown, says ‘Things will get worse before they get better’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attending the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London.

British Prime Minister has urged all residents of the United Kingdom to heed the government’s directive that people to remain at home, warning that tougher lockdown measures may be needed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

This was contained In a letter by the Prime Minister to the nation, where he urged the public to obey social distancing restrictions to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed by patients.

Mr Johnson, who began self-isolating in Downing Street on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19, warns that “things will get worse before they get better”.

The publicity campaign, which will be delivered to 30 million homes across the UK, is estimated to have cost £5.8m.

The Prime Minister writes, “It’s important for me to level with you – we know things will get worse before they get better.

“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.

“It has been truly inspirational to see our doctors, nurses and other carers rise magnificently to the needs of the hour.

“Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS – and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable.

“That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Mr Johnson adds that the lockdown, while disruptive to daily life, is “absolutely necessary” to save as many lives as possible.”

The letter will be accompanied by a leaflet attempting to reduce confusion about the rules on leaving the house. Guidance will also be given about the symptoms of the virus, the shielding of the vulnerable and the merits of hand washing.

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