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There is little doubt that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is the worst public health crisis we have seen in a generation. It will have a significant impact on all of us and there will be challenging days ahead. It is important that we keep clear heads and all play our part.
The Government has a clear strategy based on world-leading scientific expertise. We want to delay the spread of the virus and thereby minimise the suffering caused. If we delay the peak – sometimes referred to as ‘flattening the curve’ - even by a few weeks, then our NHS will be in a stronger state and our society will be better able to cope. The most important task is to protect our elderly and most vulnerable people when there is the maximum risk of exposure to the disease and when the NHS will be under the most pressure.
This means deploying defences to the virus at the right time to maximise their effect. The overriding goal is to protect life from this virus. This strategy is to protect the most vulnerable and protect the NHS through contain, delay, research and mitigate. We will all be asked to make sacrifices, to protect ourselves and others.
At all stages, Ministers have been guided by the science and doing the right thing at the right time. There is no escaping the reality that these measures will cause severe disruption across our country for many months. But the best scientific advice is that this will help us slow the disease and save lives.
We will get through this if we look out for each other and commit wholeheartedly to a full national effort.