Boris Johnson has returned to Downing Street in United Kindom to lead the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak amid calls to increase testing numbers and begin lifting lockdown.
Mr. Johnson resumes his full-time duties three weeks after he was hospitalised with Covid-19.
Boris Johnson has said the coronavirus lockdown cannot be eased yet as the UK is at the point of “maximum risk” in its battle with the outbreak.
In his first public appearance since he returned to work, the prime minister said there were signs the country was “turning the tide” against the virus but warned the public that it was too early to lift the restrictions.
Mr Johnson said that it was too early to spell out details of how or when the lockdown would be lifted, but indicated that this would happen “in the coming days” and that the removal of restrictions will be “gradual”.
After his own battle with the virus, Mr Johnson described Covid-19 “an unexpected and invisible mugger” and said that now was the moment “we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor”.
Speaking outside Downing Street, he said: “And so it follows that this is the moment of opportunity, this is the moment when we can press home our advantage, it is also the moment of maximum risk.
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Senior Tories have called for the government to begin lifting the lockdown measures over concerns at the damage it is causing the economy, but scientists have warned any relaxation risks a renewed flare up with up to 100,000 people dying by the end of the year.
Mr Johnson has not been in constant contact with the public during his recovery, nor has he been in charge of decision making. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, at media conference on sunday that Mr Johnson was ‘definitely on the mend in a big way’. While US President Donald Trump said Mr Johnson ‘sounded incredible, he was ready to go it’s like the old Boris, tremendous energy, tremendous drive’ after a phone call between the two leaders.
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