Measures to target coronavirus may get tougher, Boris Johnson says in letter sent to every UK home.

Things to get worse before getting better, PM says

In the letter being sent to 30 million households at an anticipated cost of £5.8m, Mr Johnson writes: "From the start, we have sought to put in the right measures at the right time. "But we are making the right preparations, and the more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal." Experts have said they expect the number of coronavirus cases and deaths to continue to rise for the next two to three weeks, before the effects of social distancing measures and restrictions on everyday life begin to have an impact. "When you have a shorter period of time, as I understand other countries have done, as soon as you lift the measures the virus comes back again because you haven't stopped it transmitting amongst lots of people." Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove declined to say how long the restrictions might last but said everyone "has to prepare for a significant period where these measures are still in place". However, writing after ministers unveiled billions of pounds of help for workers and businesses, he says: "The government will do whatever it takes to help you make ends meet and put food on the table." Mr Johnson also praises the work of doctors, nurses and other carers as well as well as the hundreds of thousands of people who have volunteered to help the most vulnerable. The leaflet sent alongside the letter includes guidance on hand-washing, an explanation of coronavirus symptoms, the government rules on leaving the house and advice on shielding vulnerable people. The first of three flights chartered by the Foreign Office to bring home British tourists stranded in Peru will leave the capital Lima on Sunday The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supporting a Public Health England initiative giving people tips on looking after their mental health during the pandemic as the government provides an additional £5m funding to charities to expand their services More than 750 St John Ambulance volunteers have offered to help at the temporary hospital set up in London's Excel centre to meet demand for intensive care beds Food parcels have begun to be delivered to the most vulnerable people in England who are being told to stay at home for the next three months to protect them from coronavirus Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, is self-isolating after he developed coronavirus symptoms . He is said to be experiencing mild symptoms but has not been tested for Covid-19 Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged to protect victims of domestic abuse , who she says are particularly at risk during the pandemic because of the need to stay at home The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said he had received about 300 complaints from employees and the public about businesses not following social distancing guidelines The Foreign Office said it was working "around the clock" to support British travellers stranded in India amid a government lockdown

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