Boris Johnson ‘battling valiantly on’, says Health Secretary

Friday, April 3, 2020

Boris Johnson is “on the mend” as he continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic from his Downing Street home, the Health Secretary has said.

The Prime Minister went into self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19, along with Matt Hancock last Friday.

Mr Hancock emerged back into public view for a press briefing last night, and this morning told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that he is “fully recovered”.

He said while Mr Johnson is not quite there yet, the Prime Minister has still been “heavily involved” in the government’s efforts.

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“Everyday he’s been involved, I’ve been talking to him on the screen rather than in person, so he’s continued to work through it, he’s battling valiantly on and I’m sure we all hope that he gets will soon,” the Cabinet Minister said.

Mr Hancock also defended his recent promise that the UK would be carrying out 100,000 tests per day by the end of April, saying: “We've got to do it.”

While he admitted that there was a “massive amount of work to do”, he called on the life sciences industry to “step up to the plate and do everything they possibly can” to deliver.

He said that testing for the virus was a “crucial component” in the government’s coronavirus battle plan, but stressed the importance of maintaining the social distancing rules that have now been in place for nearly two weeks.

Mr Hancock said: “I’m just unbelievably proud of the British people for their social distancing, the number of people that have flouted the rules is tiny and that’s very important.”

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