Boris Johnson appeals that best present one can give their mother for Mother’s Day is to stay away

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Boris Johnson has warned the number of coronavirus cases is “stark” and “accelerating” as he tells adults the best present they can give their mother for Mother’s Day is to stay away.

In a blunt Mother’s Day message, the prime minister said an elderly or vulnerable mother was much more likely to die from coronavirus – and it was impossible to “sugar coat” the threat.

He claimed the best present adults could give this Mothering Sunday was to spare their mother the risk of catching coronavirus. “The sad news is that means staying away,” he said.

Justifying his coronavirus warning, he said: “The numbers 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.”

Instead of a visit, the prime minister recommended a phone call, video call or Skype. And in what sounded like a ban on kissing or hugging, he said physical contact or getting close should be avoided.

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