Priti Patel says it is ‘imperative’ to follow coronavirus lockdown rules as she warned ‘we are not out of danger yet’ – The Sun

PRITI Patel today thanked emergency services putting their lives on the line to tackle coronavirus – and told Brits it is "imperative" to follow lockdown rules.

The Home Secretary warned "we are not out of danger yet" as she thanked Brits for their "spirit of national unity".

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Ms Patel told the No10 briefing: "Staying at home for five weeks has changed the way we live our lives and I know how tough this has been.

"This country's efforts are working…you have fostered a spirit of national unity which has helped us get through this time.

"But we are not out of danger yet.

"It is imperative that people continue to follow the rules designed to protect their families, their friends and their loved ones.

"I urge you all to stay strong and embrace that spirit of national unity by continuing to stay at home.

"We all want to return to living our lives as normally as possible and as safely as we can. That is what the government is working towards.”

Her plea came after the UK coronavirus death toll today overtook the government's benchmark for "doing very well" of 20,000 deaths.

A total of 20,319 have now lost their lives to the disease, with 813 deaths reported in 24 hours.

Despite the grim milestone, Brits have developed lockdown fatigue and are venturing outdoors as temperatures rise.

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