“I understand that people are yearning to know how long this will all last and the answer is entirely dependent on how much people follow the rules.”
“We absolutely cannot relax our discipline now. If we do, people will die,” he says.
“Building a brand new industry – it’s not easy. And there will be bumps in the road. I return from illness more than ever determined to fight this disease.”
The Minster for Health will be across a lot of the detail, and is well placed to step up to chair the relevant Cabinet committee.
Johnson’s task is to hire the right people and back them as long as they are getting things done, no matter who they offend in the process.
It is worth noting that face-to-face contact won’t always be necessary: those in higher-risk groups will be able to offer support by telephone.
This is the scheme announced yesterday evening by Matt Hancock to recruit 250,00 volunteers to help counter the Coronavirus.
He calls for 250,000 NHS Volunteer Responders and says that 12,000 former NHS staff are returning to the front line.
Needed during the coming weeks: a Government information campaign for older people, their families, employers and businesses.
People over 70 will be urged to stay at home for up to four months, he says. “That is the plan”, but “not yet”.
As the old saying doesn’t quite put it, scientists advise, but Ministers decide – on moving to mitigation or anything else.
“We will take a digital-first approach to accessing primary care and outpatient appointments wherever clinically and practically possible.”
The overall numbers are down slightly after the allegations against the Home Secretary and the Government’s defeat over Heathrow.
“People self-isolating will get Statutory Sick Pay from the first day off work. This will be included in emergency coronavirus legislation.”
“I hope that people will also bear with us…What I would say is that more people are calling 111 than before. That’s to be expected.”