The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson gives his fourth press briefing this week and said,”We can turn the tide in the next 12 weeks and we can send coronavirus packing if we all take the steps we have outlined.”
First coronavirus patient now in a “randomised trial for drugs that may treat the disease.
“We’re talking today to buy an antibody test.”
Johnson added, “It’s early days but if it works we will buy hundreds of thousands of these kits,” and that UK scientists are “rapidly becoming so much better at understanding” the disease and how to tackle it.
“The enemy is invisible and the answer is to remove cloak of invisibility to know which of us is carrying it.”
On the subject of London’s transport and bars and restaurants, Johnson said there is no prospect of us wanting to stop public transport in London.
He said they want people to avoid gatherings where they can transmit coronavirus to others, and it is vital that people follow the governments advice on “social distancing.” However, the government may consider going further in the capital.
The Prime Minister said, “We are in negotiations today to buy a so-called antibody test, as simple as a pregnancy test, that can tell whether you have had the disease.
“It is early days but if it works as its proponents claim, then we will buy literally hundreds of thousands of these kits as soon as practicable because obviously it has the potential to be a total game changer.
“The disease is currently not responding to our interventions. Testing will enable us to get on top of it.”
Talking about companies and staff being laid off, Johnson said that “companies should think carefully” before doing so.
“We need concerted effort by the public to follow the government advice. Companies should think carefully before laying off staff. They should stand by employees because the government will stand behind UK firms.”
The WHO said, “The first vaccine trial has begun, just 60 days after the genetic sequence of the coronavirus was shared.
“This is an incredible achievement.
There are stringent guidelines that advises “social distancing,” shoppers are also touching each other and their trollies, especially if a fight breaks out.
Selfish panic buyers are emptying the shelves and elderly and the vulnerable are left with nothing to buy.