The Prime Minister asks us all to contain our impatience over lockdown measures

The Prime Minister returned to work this morning and has given a speech to the nation.

Boris Johnson has said the UK is “turning the tide” on tackling coronavirus but is still facing a moment of “maximum risk” and will not be forced to end the lockdown prematurely.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street on Monday, his first day back after recovering from coronavirus, the prime minister asked businesses to contain their impatience on easing restrictions.

He thanked the public for giving up basic freedoms in the lockdown and told businesses he could understand their frustration at wanting to get the economy moving.

He struck a cautious tone, saying: “We must also recognise the risk of a second spike and letting the reproduction rate go back over one. That would not only be a new wave of death and disease but also an economic disaster and we would be forced once again to slam on the brakes across the whole country and whole economy and reimpose restrictions.

“I refuse to throw away all the effort and sacrifice of the British people.”

The Prime Minister said the illness was the biggest challenge since the second world war and discussed being transparent about the information they were relying on and bringing in opposition politicians to assist with the response as much as possible.

He said: “It is also true we are making progress. Fewer hospital admissions, and real signs now we are passing through the peak. Thanks to your good sense and altruism, thanks to our collective national resolve, we are on the brink of achieving that first clear mission – of preventing our National Health Service from being overwhelmed.”

So, the central message stays the same, stay at home, save lives. You are all doing so well and we are making a difference. Remember we are not stuck at home, we are safe at home.

Stay Safe and Be Sensible.