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Boris Johnson writes to every household with guidance to fight coronavirus and protect the NHS

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Boris Johnson will write to the nation
Boris Johnson will write to the nation

Boris Johnson will write to every household in the UK urging people to stay at home to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister will send a letter to 30 million households in all four of the UK nations next week outlining guidance everyone should follow.

It will highlight the measures put in place by the government to fight the coronavirus, and illustrate the support they are providing to businesses and workers.

Mr Johnson, who is currently self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, will stress the need to follow the rules set out in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

He will thank NHS staff for working round the clock, and also everyone else who is volunteering their time to protect others.

In the letter, the PM will say: “We know things will get worse before they get better.

“But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal.

“I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus, in particular the staff in our fantastic NHS and care sector across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“It has been truly inspirational to see our doctors, nurses and other carers rise magnificently to the needs of the hour.

“Thousands of retired doctors and nurses are returning to the NHS – and hundreds of thousands of citizens are volunteering to help the most vulnerable.

“That is why, at this moment of national emergency, I urge you, please, to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

Alongside the letter, residents will receive a leaflet outlining the government’s advice, issuing clear explanations of symptoms, hand-washing guidance, rules on leaving the house, self-isolating with symptoms and shielding vulnerable people.

The leaflet contains UK-wide information as well as directions about where to access online guidance specific to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The letter is expected to cost £5.8million to print and distribute.

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