PM Johnson warns that NHS may be overwhelmed by coronavirus like Italy
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the National Health Service (NHS) may soon be “overwhelmed” by the coronavirus just like the Italian health system. This warning came not long after the UK in the face of rising numbers of deaths.
The world’s highest, Italy’s coronavirus death toll almost reached 5,000 on Saturday, while Britain’s death toll reached 233.
“The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks — two or three — behind Italy. Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread — then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.”
– Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister
The Italian government has ordered the closure of all businesses until April 3 as a desperate effort to halt the coronavirus epidemic. It has overtaken China as the worst affected country.
The UK has closed schools, pubs and restaurants as well as asked people to avoid unnecessary social interactions in order to slow the rise of coronavirus cases and to minimise the pressure on intensive care units in the state healthcare system to cope with the pandemic.
Johnson also requested people to keep away from their elderly parents on Mothering Sunday.
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