The NHS could be “overwhelmed” like the Italian health system in just a fortnight, Boris Johnson has warned, as official guidance paved the way for British doctors to prioritise the coronavirus patients who are most likely to survive.
In his starkest warning yet, the Prime Minister said the UK was only “two or three” weeks behind Italy, where the death toll from Covid-19 rose by 793 in 24 hours.
Urging people to heed advice to “stay at home” in order to save “literally thousands of lives”, Mr Johnson said “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”.
The Sunday Times says the “blunt” language in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest warning about coronavirus is evidence the government doesn’t think the public is taking the threat the epidemic poses seriously enough. An unnamed cabinet member spells out the gravity of the situation, telling the paper: “We can see the clouds… a storm is coming… the next five days will be the real test of whether we can cope.”
The language used by doctors who’ve spoken to the Mail on Sunday is equally ominous. They are warning, the paper says, of a “tsunami” of severely ill patients that is set to “engulf” them.
Finally, what do you do when the shops have sold out of eggs? The answer, according to the Sunday Telegraph, is buy a chicken. It reports that live poultry breeders across the UK have “seen their barns stripped of birds” over the past seven days as people look to get round egg shortages – and possibly also occupy children now schools are closed. One breeder in Bristol tells the paper “I’ve been selling chickens for 12 years and I’ve never seen anything like it”.