New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in self-isolation at his residence 10, Downing Street after testing positive for novel coronavirus, will write to every household in the country, warning them that the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to worsen in the coming days. Also Read - Coronavirus: 'Controversial' UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab Favourite to Stand-in For COVID-19 Positive PM Boris Johnson
In the letters, which will be sent to 30 million households across the United Kingdom from next week, Johnson will also urge people to stay at home, adding that if need be, he is prepared to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown. Also Read - Coronavirus: Infected British PM Boris Johnson's Fiancee Self Isolating 'Separately'
Notably, a lockdown, which came into effect from midnight of March 23, is currently in effect in the UK. It is likely to last for at least three weeks after which the situation will be reviewed and restrictions relaxed, if the government believes that it is possible and safe to do so. Also Read - After Boris Johnson, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock Tests Positive For Coronavirus
“We know that things will get worse before they get better,” Johnson is quoted as saying in the letters, the text of which was released by the Downing Street in a statement. “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,” he further states in the letter.
He then goes on to urge the people to stay at home, ‘protect’ the National Health Service (NHS) and ‘save lives.’
The UK on Saturday recorded 260 confirmed cases of coronavirus, its highest single-day tally, taking the total number of positive cases in the country to 17,089, including 1,019 deaths.