On his first day back following his coronavirus recovery, British prime minister Boris Johnson has declared it a “moment of maximum risk” for the UK in a speech outside Downing Street.
Warning that lifting COVID-19 restrictions at this juncture would be premature, Johnson appealed for the British public to continue to be patient so as to overcome “the biggest single challenge this country has faced since the war”.
Affirming that the UK is close to overcoming the first phase in the fight against the pandemic, the British prime minister made reference to the risk of a second wave, which he said “would not only be a new wave of death and disease but also an economic disaster and we would be forced once again to slam on the brakes across the whole country and whole economy and reimpose restrictions.”
As pressure mounts from business to relax lockdown restrictions, the decision is not one to be taken lightly, and Mr Johnson stated that it is as yet too soon for the UK to launch the “second phase” in the COVID-19 fight.
“I want to get this economy moving as fast as I can, but I refuse to throw away all the effort and the sacrifice of the British people and to risk a second major outbreak and huge loss of life and the overwhelming of the NHS,” he said.