UK Prime Minister Johnson: “Just Let Coronavirus Happen” [Watch]


Boris Johnson’s press conference – Summary

Here are the main points from the news conference. Boris Johnsonwas joined by Prof Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser. 

Johnson said that Britain was facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation” and that “many more” people would die.

In a marked change of tone from his previous press conferences and interviews on this subject, he explained that Britons were going to face considerable disruption to ordinary life over the next few months as the government introduced measures to delay and limit the spread of Covid-19.

Johnson said the true number of coronavirus cases in the population was probably “much higher” than official figures suggest. He said:

The number of cases will rise sharply, indeed the true number of cases is higher – perhaps much higher – than the number of cases we have so far confirmed with tests.


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