Boris Johnson has praised those 20,000 former NHS workers who have returned in the fight against coronavirus
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that 20,000 former health workers and other staff members have returned to the NHS to help in the fight against the coronavirus, after Britons were warned that lockdown precautions may last for at least six months.
England’s deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, has warned it could be six months before the UK gets back to normal from the pandemic.
Johnson, who is currently self-isolating, after testing positive for COVID-19, said in a video message that the UK will get through the crisis “together”, praising the 750,000 members of the public who volunteered their service in assisting the National Health Service.
Boris’ statement came after Dr Jenny Harries said that it could be six months or more before the UK gets back to normal from this global pandemic.
In the video that the Prime Minister posted to Twitter, Mr Johnson said:
“we have 20,000 NHS staff coming back to the colours ; doctors and nurses…it’s a most amazing thing”.
At the daily Downing Street briefing on Sunday, Dr Harries said that the current lockdown measures that are in place could exist as they are for months and could potentially be altered gradually before regular life fully returns to normal.
She went on to say that the nationwide restrictions would be reviewed every three weeks.
“We need to keep that lid on and then gradually we will be able to hopefully adjust some of the social distancing measures and gradually get us all back to normal,” Dr Harries said.
“It would be foolish of us to start something one day and assume it’s going to have an impact the next,”