British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised yesterday that he will continue to lead the United Kingdom’s response to the coronavirus pandemic despite having tested positive for the disease. With symptoms he has described as mild, Johnson is confined and teleworking from his home, according to a video he posted on his Twitter account, he explained. Just an hour later, Health Minister Matt Hancock announced that he had also tested positive through a post on the same social network that set off the alarms, as they both held face-to-face meetings with various members of the government in recent days, so that new cases could appear inside the dome. And there were reasons for fear, because the following news was immediate: Chris Witty, the premier’s chief medical adviser, said he was isolated with symptoms. All three announcements came after it was confirmed this week that Prince Charles is infected and isolated in his Scottish home.
All this supposes a setback for the premier and his highly questioned management of the crisis, and although yesterday he defended that the coronavirus “we are going to defeat it together”, ironically he has been the victim of his own negligence when facing the epidemic. If your first emergency strategy was to recommend just three measures – frequent handwashing, self-isolation if you have symptoms, and avoiding cruise travel for those over 70 – a devastating report from the Imperial College of London that predicted the death of half a million people in the UK if stricter actions were not put in place, it was the reason why he saw the wolf’s ears and decreed the confinement in which the population is currently found. But the measures came late and he is now, ironically, one of those affected, along with other members of the Royal Family government leadership. In the words of Michael Gove, who serves as deputy prime minister, the virus “does not discriminate against anyone.” Especially when it is late and bad, so the radical change in its original strategy, which sought to mitigate the spread of the virus by creating a supposed “group immunity”, without paralyzing the entire society and prioritizing the economy, has not been Enough even to avoid his own contagion.
Just after Johnson announced his positive, the Government sent a statement announcing that the United Kingdom is now the country that contributes the most to the international coalition to find a vaccine, with the contribution of another £ 210 million (Approximately 234 million euros). The total amount of aid from the nation invested in the fight against the coronavirus is now 607 million euros. This is “the single largest contribution of any country to the key international fund to find a vaccine” against the coronavirus, which “will ensure that British scientists and researchers continue to lead the global fight” against the pandemic, the statement said. The Executive will also allocate more funds to accelerate the production of rapid tests and treatments against the virus.
“While our brilliant doctors and nurses fight coronavirus locally, this record British funding will help find a vaccine for everyone,” said the premier, adding that “UK doctors and researchers are at the forefront of this pioneering work ».
The announcement came after Johnson spoke by video call to the G20 leaders, who he asked to “step up” efforts to “help” each other overcome this virus. In what has been the first meeting of this group since the start of the crisis, the efforts that will be necessary to “protect the global economy from the long-term effects” of the epidemic were also discussed.
The coronavirus test has been performed nationwide on 113,777 people, of which 14,543 tested positive. And until yesterday, 759 people had died from the disease.