COVID-19: President's response to PM's new 'stay at home' measures

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the new UK interventions to tackle the spread of COVID-19, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:

“I am fully supportive of the new measures announced tonight [Monday 23 March] by the Prime Minister. These interventions will not have been decided upon lightly. They are based on evidence and advice from world-leading experts who have been studying the best way to flatten the peak of the coronavirus outbreak and prevent the loss of thousands of lives.

“The time has come for everyone in the UK to play their part to protect their friends, families, neighbours and the fabric of our entire society, as well as crucially safeguarding NHS staff. I strongly urge all members of the public not to leave their house unless absolutely necessary and to model their behaviour on these new measures.

“If we do not act now then we risk pushing the NHS beyond its limits. We must all show our support for the huge number of doctors, nurses, scientific researchers and those that keep these workforces going by following the advice laid out by the Prime Minister tonight.” 


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