Daily Express

By act­ing to­gether now we will get through this

- United Kingdom · England · Nicola Sturgeon

BORIS John­son is right to put his faith in a “spirit of to­geth­er­ness” that will carry our na­tion through the re­main­ing chal­lenges of coro­n­avirus. He is also wise to lay out the grav­ity of the threat still posed by Covid- 19 and to take ac­tion to en­sure as few lives as pos­si­ble are lost this win­ter.

The prospect of six more months of re­stric­tions may have caused hearts to sink across the coun­try but this is the hour for can­dour, not a mo­ment for spin or false op­ti­mism. We want to know the true na­ture of the threat to our fam­i­lies and loved ones so we can play our part in pre­vent­ing fur­ther loss of life.

The PM warned that Bri­tain has reached a “per­ilous turn­ing point”. With the num­ber of new cases ris­ing by nearly 5,000, it is im­per­a­tive that we do what we can to bring down the rate of in­fec­tion.

As Mr John­son put it: “The tragic re­al­ity of hav­ing Covid is that your mild cough can be some­one else’s death knell.”

We still have the chance to shape the des­tiny of the coun­try we love and avert a health disas­ter.

It is wrong to see the lat­est tight­en­ing of pro­tec­tive mea­sures as a re­turn to lock­down. A 10pm clos­ing time for hospi­tal­ity busi­nesses is not a gross in­tru­sion on civil lib­er­ties, and the mea­sures in Eng­land are sig­nif­i­cantly more re­laxed than Ni­cola Stur­geon’s ban on vis­it­ing Scot­tish house­holds in­doors.

Our best sci­en­tists are rac­ing to­wards the day when they will per­fect a safe and ef­fec­tive vac­cine. Doc­tors and med­i­cal ad­vis­ers, the PM told us, are “unan­i­mous that things will be far bet­ter by the spring”.

Past gen­er­a­tions of Bri­tons con­fronted far greater dan­gers with grit and courage, while re­fus­ing to aban­don the de­cency, neigh­bourli­ness and good cheer which glows at the heart of our na­tional char­ac­ter.

We can also do our bit to keep the econ­omy whirring and en­sure our high streets sur­vive the chal­lenges of the pan­demic.

Can we get through the next six months? Of course we can.

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