The Coronavirus is the greatest threat we have had to face in decades, and we are not facing it alone. This invisible threat is already among us, but we have the chance, the opportunity, to slow the virus’ spread, to ‘flatten the curve’ and protect our people. We all of us must play our part together to meet this challenge.
The response we have taken is robust and follows the medical and scientific approach that has been laid down by the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer. We have seen across our globe, fantastic healthcare systems bend, buckle and collapse with the numbers of Coronavirus cases. We all must help each other to ensure that does not happen to our own fantastic healthcare system, because if it does the NHS will be placed under impossible strain. That will mean more people will die, not just of Coronavirus but other illnesses too and this is why it is so important we slow the spread of this virus.
This is why people must remain at home and why we are instructing people to do so. This instruction will be reviewed frequently and we will look again in three weeks. If the evidence shows we can do so safely we will then look to relax the new and vital rules.
Thank you to everyone who is working flat out to beat this virus, thank you to those in the emergency services and NHS and social care workers on the front line, to the delivery drivers, shop workers, refuse collectors and all who are playing your part. You are doing an immeasurable service and we are all grateful and will continue to support you.
My staff are all working hard to answer all your queries and questions and will continue to do so. While my physical office is closed, my team are working from home so please do continue to email me on Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org. if you need advice, support or guidance. And continue to look at www.gov.uk/coronavirus as your first port of call.
Remember to tell your family, your friends, your neighbours AND YOURSELF: Stay at Home, Protect our NHS, Save Lives!