Opinion: Protection of life overrides everything

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 March 2020

Julia Lopez is the Conservatives candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster.

Julia Lopez is the Conservatives candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster.


Combating the Covid-19 pandemic presents to our nation and the world at large an exceptional set of challenges.

The government will be doing everything we can to protect lives, guided by the best scientists and clinicians in the world.

In this very fluid situation, official advice for families and individuals will be updated on a regular basis, as will further details of the unprecedented package of support measures that the government has announced to help businesses and workers. The website will therefore continue to be the best source of reliable, up-to-date information on every aspect of our national response – from health and travel advice to coordination of volunteer efforts, financial assistance,

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employment support and help for the most vulnerable. A wider public information campaign is also underway.

In parliament, the Emergency Coronavirus Bill introduces a range of necessary but strictly temporary measures to protect life, increase NHS capacity, strengthen social care and help each one of us to take the right action at the right


Combating this virus requires a huge national effort involving everyone. Life will change for us all during this exceptionally difficult period as we make the protection of life the priority that overrides all.

By planning for the worst and working for the best, we shall get through this. Until then, we hold in our hearts those in Havering who are suffering and those who are sacrificing. With each day that goes by, exceptional people are undertaking remarkable acts of service in this fight. NHS staff, community volunteers, delivery drivers, civil servants, supermarket workers, educators, carers, businesses - the list is unending, the efforts unparalleled.

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