The British Prime Minister said this Thursday in a press conference (still in person and not remote) he is confident that the UK will be able to “turn the tide” in response to the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak “sometime in the next 12 weeks. ”, That is, in the next three months – until mid-June.
But we can only do this if we follow the steps [recomendados pelas autoridades de saúde]. This is vital, because this is how we are going to reduce the peak [de infetados]. As soon as we achieve this, and I think we will achieve it if we follow these steps, the scientific progress in which we are working will take action ”, he pointed out.
On the “scientific progress” that Boris Johnson believes will begin to have an impact in approximately three months, the British Prime Minister detailed: “Today [19 de março] we put the first British patient of this coronavirus in tests for drugs that we hope can treat the disease [Covid-19]. UK experts and scientists hope start testing for the first vaccine within a month. And we are improving the testing process ”.
The British PM also revealed that the country is “currently in negotiations to buy an antibody test”. The authors of this test claim that it is reliable and allows you to see whether or not someone is infected with the new coronavirus, even if they do not exhibit symptoms.
If it works, as its proponents guarantee, we will buy hundreds of thousands of these kits as soon as possible. Because, obviously, they have the potential to change everything ”, Boris Johnson also said, explaining that it will allow those who do not have symptoms but are infected to be more likely to be diagnosed and not infect others.
The beginning had been for a thank you: as soon as he started speaking this Thursday afternoon, the British Prime Minister started by “thanking everyone for the great efforts that are being made in this country to comply with the recommendations given. We know that we are asking a lot – from students to put their education on hold, from people who cannot socialize normally. ”
What we are asking of everyone is crucial to saving literally thousands of lives ”, he said.
Boris Johnson went on to say that it is now possible to “see the impact” of the new coronavirus “on the UK economy and business”. Therefore, he said speaking on behalf of the Government, “it is vital that we support them”. And he appealed to the population to follow the guidelines of the UK authorities in the recommended protection: “Stay at home if you or someone in your family has symptoms. Avoid unnecessary contacts. Avoid gatherings where you can catch the disease – pubs, bars, restaurants … please follow these advice scrupulously. Work from home, if possible. Wash your hands ”.
Asked if these restrictive measures – less than those enacted in countries that have already declared a State of Emergency, such as Portugal – are sufficient, he replied: “All these decisions regarding pubs, bars and restaurants… as I said, we decided many guided by science. We recommended that people avoid these places. If we feel that this is working, we just want to say to everyone: thank you for your efforts ”.
The British Prime Minister also expressed some optimism and continued his appeals: “It is through this combination of determined and merciless collective action with scientific progress that we are already seeing that we will be successful. I know how difficult it can seem at the moment, but if we do this together we will save thousands of lives ”.
To UK employers, Boris Johnson asked: “Stay with your employees, your workers, because we [Governo] we will be by your side – and will know more about this in the next couple of days ”.