PM warns of tougher lifesaving measures; BORIS JOHNSON SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD FOLLOW THE RULES WHEN THEY VENTURE OUTDOORS.
Byline: IAN HUGHES
THE Prime Minister has urged the public to adhere to social distancing rules as UK cases of coronavirus rose to 5,683 - with at least a further three in Kirklees taking the total to eight.
Boris Johnson warned there may be "tougher measures" if people were unable to use parks and public spaces in a responsible manner.
Speaking at 10 Downing Street, he thanked everyone who didn't visit their family on Mother's Day.
Johnson said: "It's crucial that people understand that tomorrow the schools are closed.
"I want, of course I do, people to be able to go to the parks, open spaces and enjoy themselves.
"It is crucial for health, physical and mental well-being.
"But please follow that advice and don't think that fresh air in itself automatically provides some immunity.
"Take this advice seriously, follow it, because it's absolutely crucial."
He added: "The reason we're taking these unprecedented steps...is, of course, that we have to slow the spread of the disease and to save thousands of lives.
"Today we have come to the stage of our plan that I advertised from the outset when we first set out the plan of the UK government.
Don't think air itself provides "When we now have to take special steps to protect the particularly vulnerable and you'll remember that I said the moment would come to shield those with serious conditions - there are probably about one-anda-half million in all.
Prime Boris "This shielding will do more than any other single measure that we are setting out, to save life."
When pressed on what further measures might entail, the Prime Minister said they will consider restrictions on "people's movement altogether" - but stressed they would prefer to rely on the public to socially distance themselves. As of 9am on Sunday (March 22), 78,340 people had been tested for coronavirus in the UK, with 5,683 patients confirmed positive, the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England said.
that fresh automatically some immunity Minister Johnson Throughout the UK, members of the public have ignored government advice to head to parks and public spaces. They were snapped enjoying ice creams in parks, and tucking into fish and chips by the coast. But officials have repeatedly stressed Brits should be at home and avoiding going out.
Don't think that fresh air itself automatically provides some immunity
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference last night
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|Publication:||Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)|
|Date:||Mar 23, 2020|
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