Boris Johnson: Moment of maximum risk, be patient

Updated: Apr 28, 2020, 08:15 IST | Agencies | London

He promised 'maximum transparency' on the decisions to be taken as the UK enters phase two of the Covid-19 fightback, which will involve one by one firing up the "economic engines" of the UK economy

A man walks by an artwork by artist Rachel List paying tribute to NHS staff battling the COVID-19 outbreak in England, on Monday. Pic/AFP
A man walks by an artwork by artist Rachel List paying tribute to NHS staff battling the COVID-19 outbreak in England, on Monday. Pic/AFP

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday warned against relaxing the Coronavirus restrictions too soon as the country was still facing a moment of "maximum risk", in his first remarks since returning to work after contracting the disease that has killed over 20,000.

While declaring that the tide is being turned on the pandemic in the country, he urged the public to contain their impatience against the lockdown. "We are beginning to turn the tide. There are real signs we are passing through the peak," said Johnson, 55, on returning to Downing Street after recovering from the virus.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson

He promised "maximum transparency" on the decisions to be taken as the UK enters phase two of the Covid-19 fightback, which will involve one by one firing up the "economic engines" of the UK economy.

Johnson said the UK has "so far collectively shielded our National Health Service" and "flattened the peak" — but he could not yet say when or which restrictions would be lifted.

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