Boris Johnson insists fighting coronavirus is his top priority

Boris Johnson insists fighting coronavirus is his top priority and tells Brits to ‘wash their hands with soap’ after he was slammed for being slow to react to escalating crisis and taking three days to hold an emergency Cobra meeting

Boris Johnson today broke his silence on the spiralling coronavirus crisis and moved to reassure the public that the NHS is ready to deal with a British outbreak.

The Prime Minister said he had been in meetings with the chief medical officer and had made preventing the spread of infection the government’s ‘top priority’.

He spoke directly to Britons when he advised everyone to ‘wash our hands for twenty seconds or more with hot water and soap’.

Mr Johnson has come under fire in recent days for bunkering down at his countryside residence in Kent rather than returning to Number 10 to lead the response against both the flooding and coronavirus.

This outrage reached a crescendo today when it emerged he has scheduled a COBRA meeting for Monday, rather than calling a round-table of the government’s top officials immediately.

The Prime Minister said he had been in meetings with the chief medical officer and had made preventing the spread of infection the government’s ‘top priority’

But he swatted away accusations of inaction when quizzed in a TV interview this evening.

He insisted ‘we’ve just had a meeting of all government ministers’ and there had been a ‘regular series of COBRA meetings to prepare for this eventuality’.

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