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Day 7: Key points from Prime Minister's speech

Posted on March 2020 By James Southwell

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Boris Johnson is back to presenting these daily conferences at Downing Street, he is joined by Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jenny Harries.

Two NHS medics are now on ventilators after contracting the Coronavirus from patients, our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families tonight, alongside everyone else being affected.

Key points to take away from today's speech are:

  • New shielding measures mean 1.5 million people, those most at risk, are advised to stay at home for 12 weeks. This includes people with specific cancers, transplants, other underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and those aged over 70. "If you are one of these people I want to reassure you... you are not alone".

  • To add to this, Mr Jenrick has said that those 1.5 million individuals without carers, or family to look after them, will have national support from pharmacists, supermarkets, and local authorities. Things like food supplies and medicine will be delivered to their front door after calling a phone number.

  • A national lock-down will only come at "the right moment" says PM.

  • Boris Johnson thanks the country for their collective effort during this time, NHS workers, people in social care, and those working in supermarkets. He also added that he appreciates people who didn't visit their mothers on this Mother's day as to ensure they aren't putting them in danger.

The overall amount of cases in the UK has now risen to 5,683, with that being 665 new cases since yesterday. Total number of deaths is now at 281.

To read a brief summary of last night's points and important measures click here.

Here's the full conference, courtesy of The Daily Telegraph: