27 April 2020 | UK NEWS

The Prime Minister has seemingly made a full recovery from his fight against coronavirus, making it back to the steps of Downing Street once again. After more than three weeks out from fighting the virus, Boris marked his return by calling upon the public to help maintain the lockdown.

In front of Number 10, he said the UK was “at maximum risk” at this point in the fight against the spread. He also stressed that people should “not lose patience with the lockdown”, claiming we are now beginning to turn the tide on the disease.

Importantly, he also stated that he did not plan on throwing away the public’s effort and sacrifice by ending the lockdown too soon, which signals further lockdown for a little while longer. He did not mention a timescale for when the restrictions would be lifted, saying: “We simply cannot spell out now how fast or slow, or even when those changes will be made, though. Clearly, the government will be saying much more about this in the coming days.”

Remaining conciliatory, he expressed understanding for the concerns of company owners who wished to reopen their businesses, but insisted that a second wave of the virus would lead to more deaths, “economic disaster” and restrictions being reintroduced. He said he would therefore be maintaining the status quo for now, adding: “I ask you to contain your impatience.”

Reassuring news was also announced when he said UK has “so far collectively shielded our NHS” and that there were “real signs now that we are passing through the peak” – including with fewer hospital admissions and fewer Covid-19 patients in intensive care, which is sure to be welcome news for the nation.

In typical Boris fashion, he added an unexpected parable to compare being attacked by the virus:

“If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger – which I can tell you from personal experience, it is – then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor. And so it follows that this is the moment of opportunity, this is the moment when we can press home our advantage, it is also the moment of maximum risk.

“I know there will be many people looking at our apparent success, and beginning to wonder whether now is the time to go easy on those social distancing measures. And I know how hard and how stressful it has been to give up, even temporarily, those ancient and basic freedoms – not seeing friends, not seeing loved ones, working from home, managing the kids, worrying about your job and your firm.”

He added: “I understand your impatience, I share your anxiety.”

We at Wolves are very pleased to see the Prime Minister healthy again and in good spirits!

Jonathan is a political reporter and commentator. He is also a senior contributor for Turning Point UK. His interests include philosophy and sociology.


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