The NHS is so overwhelmed it’s trying to raise £5 million via the public.
But according to Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, the seriousness of coronavirus only became apparent to the nation when his son was admitted to the ICU, on 7 April.
Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Stanley spoke of his relief at his son’s improved conditions (while obviously quoting Hamlet for no apparent reason), and thanked the NHS workers charged with his care.
He also held forth on the impact Boris’ hospitalisation had apparently had on the country.
I do think this whole event of Boris going into intensive care and now happily coming out, it has actually served an amazing purpose in the sense it’s got the whole country to realise this is a serious event. If it can hit the prime minister for heaven’s sake!
“It does come close to home, it certainly made me feel very, very cautious,” he continued.
“[Boris] almost took one for the team and we’ve got to make sure we play the game properly now”.