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UK PM Johnson stays in isolation as queen prepares to address the nation

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Three weeks ago, the UK and Japan had each recorded 21 deaths from the coronavirus. Whilst the UK now has over 3,600, Japan has only 63.

I have not yet heard a convincing explanation for the difference.

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Restoration of Royal Prerogative?? Looks like this in the headline

First time since 1640, but then it ended badly, especially for the last Charles.

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Thank god the queen will finally address the nation. She’s the lynchpin of British society.

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Hancock tested positive last week at about the same time as Johnson, but he has since left isolation, disclosing that he had lost half a stone (3.18 kg) in weight due to the virus.

BoJo needs to shift a bit of fat too.

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Thank god the queen will finally address the nation. She’s the lynchpin of British society.

There'll be some people who would disagree, but I don't. She's a reassuring figure to many in the UK population, especially the older generation who are most at risk from this epidemic.

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Restoration of Royal Prerogative?? Looks like this in the headline

First time since 1640, but then it ended badly, especially for the last Charles.

I don't think the Queen is going to be tootling through the streets of London to the Houses of Parliament, bursting in through the door (none of that Black Rod "knock first" nonsense) and reasserting her right to rule.

You've also got the wrong Charlie, I'm afraid. The last Charles (Charles II) ruled for 25 years following the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 and he had a pretty good time before dying of natural causes - it was his dad, Charles I, who had his head removed (1649). Charles II was the last monarch with some real power and he also had quite a harem, including Nell Gwynn, who to judge from the contemporary portraits was quite a looker. Having Nell around also meant that the King never went short of oranges.

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The frontline healthcare staff are still lacking PPE's and testing.

Yesterday, the government said by the end of this month there will be 100,000 tests/day. A very difficult target to reach.

The United Kingdom is fighting the pandemic and needs strong decisive leadership. Too much for one or two leaders, needs a strong team all rowing in the same direction.

Hitler couldn't empty the streets of the nation and mass close down shop but this virus did it.

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The UK should have a coalition government of national unity. Now Kier Starmer will likely be announced the new Labour leader today, it would be a good opportunity to do this.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he was remaining in isolation with mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a raised temperature, seven days after he first tested positive for the new coronavirus which causes the respiratory disease.

More like running and hiding from this major screw up by another incompetent leader!

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Johnson is used to operating from the bedroom.

As for the monarchy, it's well past their bedtime.

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Jonathan Jo:

Three weeks ago, the UK and Japan had each recorded 21 deaths from the coronavirus. Whilst the UK now has over 3,600, Japan has only 63.

I have not yet heard a convincing explanation for the difference.

An generally healthier population and a less touch-feely culture? That would explain some of the difference. Also, how is co-morbidity recorded?

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The UK PM didn't look well on his last photo-shoot.

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@zichi - during WWII the UK was less of a diverse Nation, than it is now. Sadly diversity has seemingly led to many divisions back home, notably those from doing what is seen as being not "British" by a "few" very vocal individuals - which harms the very fabric of this diversification concept within the UK as a whole.

The UK needs to weed out those few and let the rest get on with their lives as others wish to do within any normal society, regardless as to their origins.

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