Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned Brits on Sunday that they face a “bumpy” ride “through to Christmas, it may even be bumpy beyond.”
Johnson has urged Brits to show common sense to fight this virus and said he appreciates people are “fatigued” with the restrictions across the UK.
Speaking on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, the Prime Minister said, “I appreciate the fatigue that people are experiencing… but we have to work together, follow the guidance and get the virus down whilst keeping the economy moving.”
Marr interjected and told Johnson that people are “exhausted, they’re furious,” and Johnson responded with, “They’re furious at me and they’re furious with the Government.
“But I’ve got to tell you in all candour it’s going to continue to be bumpy through to Christmas, it may even be bumpy beyond. But this is the only way to do it.”
Johnson added, “On the one hand we have the imperative to save life, it is a moral imperative to save life if we possibly can.
“On the other hand, we have to keep our economy moving and our society going.
“That is the balance that we are trying to strike and that’s why we have got the package of measures now that are in force both nationally and locally.
“What we want people to do is behave fearlessly but with common sense, to follow the guidance, whether national or local, get the virus down but allow us as a country to continue with our priorities.”
He told Marr that things “ can be significantly different by Christmas,” but warned we are in for a “tough winter.”
“What you’ve got to do is realise that this is a pandemic in which people need to understand that there is hope, and there is hope.
“We will get through this and get through this very well. It is up to government to show we have the tools and the imagination and the creativity to get through this and we certainly will.
“And if you ask me ‘do I think things can be significantly different by Christmas?’ Yes, I do, and we’re working flat-out to achieve that.
“But be in no doubt that it is still very possible that there are bumpy, bumpy months ahead. This could be a very tough winter for all of us, we’ve got to face that fact,” Johnson said.
On Saturday Johnson has hinted that the “rule of six” could be suspended to allow families to spend time together if we can get the R number below 1.
He said that the government are doing “everything we can” to ensure Christmas is a “normal as possible.”
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