That’s not to say you shouldn’t give her a call or hit her up on FaceTime. But choosing to actually travel and visit her face-to-face today could be dangerous to her health; especially if she is elderly and therefore more vulnerable to COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.
In an extremely blunt message regarding Mother’s Day here in the UK (which is being observed all over the country today), Boris said it is impossible to “sugar coat” the ongoing and elevating threat of coronavirus.
The PM – who is currently addressing the nation live every day, regarding the coronavirus threat – claimed the best present sons and daughters can give to their mum’s this Mother’s Day is “staying away”, saying:
“The sad news is that means staying away.”
Justifying today’s extreme Mother’s Day warning, Boris said the following regarding the virus that continues to grip our nation:
“The numbers [of people testing positive to coronavirus] are very stark, and they are accelerating.
“The Italians have a superb health care system. And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand. The Italian death toll is already in the thousands and climbing.
“Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread – then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.
“That is why this country has taken the steps that it has, in imposing restrictions never seen before either in peace or war.”
On Friday 20th March, Mr Johnson ordered the closure of all restaurants, pubs, bars, gyms, clubs, leisure centres and theatres across the UK in a dramatic bid to slow down the spread of the virus that is causing a havoc across the world right now.
The PM has advised that instead of a physical visit today, Brits should socialise with their mum’s via a phone call, video call or Skype (or Houseparty, Boris – come on).
He’s also said that those who are at home with their mum’s today should avoid hugging and kissing. F*cking hell, this is depressing – I promise I’m going to post an outrageously cute animal story later today. You have my word.
The PM’s full Mother’s Day reads as follows:
“Today is Mother’s Day. It is a day when we celebrate the sacrifice and the effort of those who gave us life, and across the country I know that millions of people will have been preparing to do something special; not just a card, not just flowers.
“I know that everyone’s strongest instinct is to go and see their mothers in person, to have a meal together, to show them how much you love them.
“But I am afraid that this Mothering Sunday the single best present that we can give – we who owe our mothers so much – is to spare them the risk of catching a very dangerous disease. The sad news is that means staying away.
“This time the best thing is to ring her, video call her, Skype her, but to avoid any unnecessary physical contact or proximity. And why?
“Because if your mother is elderly or vulnerable, then I am afraid all the statistics show that she is much more likely to die from coronavirus, or COVID-19. We cannot disguise or sugar coat the threat.”
On wishing his own 77-year-old mum a “Happy Mother’s Day” today, Boris clumsily said:
“I will certainly be sending her my very best wishes and hope to get to see her.”
He quickly looked at the room full of wide-eyed reporters (I can only assume) and confirmed that that he hopes to “see her” via Skype.
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