Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on today’s This Morning to discuss the latest developments on coronavirus.
Johnson on Coronavirus
On whether the Government is withholding information from the public about the coronavirus, Johnson told the ITV show:
“No, not at all. Let me clear that up immediately, because it is very important that we are transparent and that people understand that we’re transparent.
“Public Health England needs to be absolutely sure about the diagnoses of these cases; and so what they’re doing is identifying the region where they think there are incidences; and then within 24 hours confirming the exact location to be sure that we’ve got the right thing.
“We’re building up a map, a proper database the public can access showing the whole thing in real time.”
Schofield then challenged Boris that it might be better if we all have the full information straight away.
To which the PM responded with: “No, I agree. Absolutely. And I think one of the great things about the British public is that they can see very clearly what the balance of risk is.
“We can see where this is happening and the rate at which it is spreading. I’m with you and we’re putting it all out there.”
Communicating with the public
Johnson continued: “We want to over communicate with the public about what is happening.
“It’s always worth stressing with this that for the overwhelming majority of people who get it, this is going to be a mild to moderate illness.
“And we’re still at the stage where the single best thing we can do, and we’ll be like that for a long time, is to just wash our hands.”