Boris Johnson pledges to ‘fire up the engines of this vast U.K. economy’ on first day back after surviving coronavirus

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to “fire up the engines of this vast U.K. economy” on his first day back to work having survived days spent in intensive suffering from coronavirus.

However, he urged Brits to continue taking social distancing measures seriously as the first phase of the battle against the coronavirus comes to an end.

He said the tide is turning and that in the coming days the government would offer more information about easing the countrywide lockdown. On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will likely begin to reopen the economy in certain areas “with certain precautions after May 15.”

The U.K. is taking a more cautious approach. “If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger…this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor,” Johnson said outside Downing Street on Monday.

Read:Nearly 6 in 10 in new poll fear U.S. moving too quickly to ease coronavirus restrictions

Johnson said that he understood the impatience and anxiety of British business owners. “I ask you to contain your impatience because I believe that we are coming now to the end of the first phase of this conflict,” he said.

But he said the risk of easing restrictions prematurely was a second peak, which would mean “economic disaster” and “a new wave of death and disease.”

The first wave will be over, according to the Prime Minister, when the government is sure the health service is safe from being overwhelmed, the supply of personal protective equipment is secure and the risk of a second peak minimal.

Then the government will slowly ease restrictions. “One by one, to fire up the engines of this vast U.K. economy,” he said.

Read:A glimmer of light at the end of the lockdown tunnel in Spain

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced plans to ease the country’s lockdown beginning May 4, and other European countries are beginning to relax measures as well.

The U.K.’s official coronavirus death toll has passed 20,000 and Italy’s is 26,644.

Originally Published on MarketWatch

Home of Science
Follow me

Latest posts by Home of Science (see all)
- Advertisement -

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Chevron to cut up to 15% of staff amid restructuring

Chevron Corp <CVX.N> will cut 10% to 15% of its worldwide workforce as part of an ongoing restructuring at the second-largest U.S. oil producer. The...

Crime-scene cleaner CEO: This is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to coronavirus cleaning

Erick McCallum’s team of cleaners at CG Environmental Courtesy: Erick McCallum No cleaning job is ever too dangerous or dirty for Texas-based hazardous-cleanup company CG Environmental...

Billie Eilish Played A Big Role In Brookside

Billie Eilish Played A Big Role In BrooksideBillie Eilish is a British actor best known for her role as Mrs. Bailey in the...

A Small Business Bankruptcy – How to Survive a Crisis

Every day, hundreds of businesses fail. It's depressing to think about how many people had their business go under. While some are out of...

Dow touches session high as investors look forward to easing of coronavirus lockdowns

U.S. stocks were higher Monday, as coronavirus lockdowns began to ease in several countries and as the U.S. started to reopen or outline plans...
Home of Science
Follow me
Latest posts by Home of Science (see all)