UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the podium in front of a barely empty parliament amid social distancing rules in London on Wednesday afternoon. Johnson answered MP's questions on the 51-page document and 'road-map' that outlines the gradual easing of the coronavirus lockdown in three phases.
Johnson started his speech by paying his respects to the 144 health workers and 131 care workers who... Еще have lost their lives due to COVID-19, and especially, the railway ticket officer worker, Belly Mujinga, who tragically died with coronavirus after being spat at while on duty on Tuesday April 5. «The fact that she was abused for doing her job is utterly appalling,» he said.
Opposition Leader Keir Starmer rose during the session to accuse Johnson's government of being «too slow to protect people in care homes,» after the «last figures showed that at least 40 percent of all deaths from COVID-19 were in care homes.»
«Earlier this year and until the 12th of March, the government's own official advice was, and I am quoting from it, 'it remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home will become infected,'» he said to Johnson.
«It is absolutely true that the number of casualties has been too high,» Johnson responded, «but I can tell the House, as I told the right honourable gentleman last week and indeed this week, the number of outbreaks is down and the number of fatalities in care homes is now well down.»
Johnson went on to say that «It's very notable that in some other countries where relaxations have been introduced, there are signs that they are going up again and that's a very clear warning to us not to proceed to fast or too recklessly.»
Johnson also stressed the fact that the steps to be followed in the lockdown's easing are «entirely conditional and provisional» and «everybody is still required to obey social distancing rules.»
As of Wednesday, UK ranks third worldwide among countries with highest coronavirus infections, having reported 230,983 coronavirus cases and 33,263 fatalities, as Johns Hopkins University data shows.
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