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Johnson Warns That National Health Service Could Be Overwhelmed By James Ludden Mar 22, 2020
 
Boris Johnson urged 1.5 million people with underlying health issues to self-isolate for at least three months and said Britain’s medical system is only two or three weeks away from being swamped, as has happened to the Italian health service.

“Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread — then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed,” Johnson said.

Read: Italy Rocked by Deadliest Day as Virus Tightens Grip in Europe

In comments timed to coincide with Mothers Day in the U.K., the prime minister said families should stay away from elderly parents to spare them the risk of catching the coronavirus. Letters will be sent to people deemed as being most at risk from the disease, “strongly advising” them not to go out for at least 12 weeks from Monday.

Johnson’s latest intervention suggests that his administration is struggling to make up lost ground as a result of the government’s initially ambivalent attitude to the crisis. He prevaricated in closing the nation’s schools — several were already turning away pupils — and his decision last week to order the nation’s pubs to close on Friday night “as soon as they reasonably can” also attracted criticism.

The latest figures show a significant jump in Britain’s death count, from 177 to 233. The number of cases has topped 5,000, with the disease spreading fastest in London.

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