PM WRITES TO EVERY HOME

The Prime Minister has written a letter to every UK household, urging everyone to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

  • The Government will do whatever it takes to support the NHS and protect the public as we come together to tackle this national emergency.
  • The Prime Minister is writing a letter to every household across the UK, outlining the guidance everyone must follow. The letter also thanks our NHS and social care staff who are working round the clock, as well as the more than 750,000 people who have volunteered to protect others.
  • Last night, the Prime Minister also confirmed that 20,000 doctors and nurses have volunteered to return to the NHS.
  • Every household has a crucial role to play in beating the virus. That is why it is imperative that everyone must stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Yesterday, we outlined measures which will enable the emergency services, local authorities, military and NHS to work together more effectively so we can protect the most vulnerable from coronavirus.

  • It is important to let local leaders do what’s best for the most vulnerable in their local area. 
  • That is why we are establishing strategic co-ordination centres across the whole country to ensure coordinated measures can be brought into action quickly and effectively. 
  • In each centre we will bring together senior members of the emergency services, local authorities, military planners and the NHS to lead communities thought this difficult time. Using their expertise, their judgement and their leadership these groups will ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response across every single part of our country.

The Government’s Rapid Response Unit is continuing to work with departments across Whitehall and social media companies to combat the spread of false information about coronavirus - ensuring the public has the right information to protect themselves and save lives.

  • During this pandemic, it is essential that everyone receives the correct information in a timely fashion. While our communities are pulling together through this crisis, there are those who try to exploit the most vulnerable online through dangerous misinformation.
  • Working alongside departments across Whitehall, the Government will use its scientific and medical experts to identify and challenge false information on social media, and work with social media companies to remove the harmful content and ensure public health campaigns are promoted through reliable sources.
  • Together we can ensure that accurate and helpful information gets to those who need it, ensuring our nation stays informed and reassured that the steps they are taking are the right ones and that no one is exploited or mislead on social media

We have delivered millions more pieces of equipment to NHS staff, so that everyone who needs personal protective equipment can get it. We have established the national supply distribution response team, supported by the Armed Forces, to deliver equipment to people who need it the most. 

    Every single GP practice, dental practice, and community pharmacy has had a PPE delivery. All care homes, hospices, and home care providers have, or will shortly have, a delivery..

      Protect the NHS

      You must stay at home to protect the NHS:

      • The NHS only has a limited number of doctors, nurses and specialist equipment.
      • We are working around the clock to increase NHS capacity.
      • The more people who get sick, the harder it is for the NHS to cope.
      • We must slow the spread of the disease so that fewer people are sick at any one time.

      Save lives

      You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. The police will have the powers to enforce the following restrictions: 

      • Dispersing gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding people you live with.
      • Issuing fines to anyone who does not comply with these rules.
      • Closing shops that are not essential, as well as playgrounds and places of worship. 

      Full guidance on staying at home can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

      You can find the most up to date medical advice at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

      You can find the answers to frequently asked questions about what you can do and can’t do during this pandemic here.

      You can volunteer to become an NHS Volunteer Responder at https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS