Prime Minister's £5.8million letter to the nation - this is what to expect

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to every UK household urging people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 10:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th March 2020, 12:33 pm

Mr Johnson’s letter will land on the doorsteps of 30 million households across all four UK nations from next week.

The Prime Minister will outline the guidance everyone should follow and the measures the Government has put in place to fight coronavirus and to support businesses and workers.

He will urge everyone to follow the rules to save lives and thank NHS staff working round the clock as well as everyone volunteering their time to protect others.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture c/o PA.

He will say: “We know things will get worse before they get better.

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“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, with 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 Prime Minister is continuing to lead the Government’s response to coronavirus as he self isolates after testing positive for the virus.

The letter and leaflet is being sent as part of the Government’s public information campaign on coronavirus. It is expected to cost £5.8million to print and distribute.