THE prime minister is busy trying to contain a global pandemic as coronavirus sweeps across the UK.
But he took time out of his virus-fighting schedule to pen a letter to seven-year-old Josephine who was rather upset, but understanding after cancelling her birthday plans due to social distancing measures.
Seven-year-old Josephine had to cancel her birthday plans – but she’s staying positive Credit: Mirrorpix
Dismayed Josephine from Stubbington in Hampshire wrote: “I am staying at home because you asked us to.
“I think mummy and daddy might have to cancel my party but I don’t mind because I want everybody to be ok.”
She continued: “Please keep working hard to keep us all well,” signing the note off with a cheeky reminder to “wash hands” asking the PM: “Are you remembering to wash your hands?”
The adorable letter was shared to Twitter by Locks Heath Cricket Club and has since gone viral.
It’s reported poor old Josephine had to cancel the party twice.
The PM wrote his reply in sprawling blue letters on official Downing Street paper.
He told Josephine: “Happy Birthday! I am glad to hear you are staying at home though I am sorry to hear about your party.
“We have all got to do our bit to protect the NHS and save lives, and that is exactly what you are doing, so well done.
“You are setting a great example.
“We are working round the clock to keep people safe, and if we work together we can send coronavirus packing.
“And once we have done that you can DEFINITELY have a party with your friends!’
Mr Johnson added: “In answer to your question – I’m regularly washing my hands with soap and water for seconds: the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice! “
Johnson tweeted his letter, with the caption: “Josephine sets a great example to us all by postponing her birthday party until we have sent coronavirus packing.
Josephine pictured with her mum Credit: Mirrorpix
Boris penned the youngster a reply on official Downing St paper
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The PM has warned the NHS faces being overwhelmed by coronavirus within weeks Credit: EPA
“Together we can beat this. In the meantime let’s all wish her happy birthday (twice) whilst washing our hands #BelikeJosephine #StayHomeSaveLives. “
Users flocked to the replies to wish the youngster a happy birthday and praise her good example.
Some, slightly cheekier users pointed out Oxford-educated Johnson’s own handwriting was considerably less neat than little Josephine’s.
The government is working round the clock to help contain the spread of deadly coronavirus.
In a letter to the nation, the Prime Minister warned the country needs make a “heroic and collective national effort.”
He wrote: “The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks – two or three – behind Italy.
“The Italians have a superb healthcare 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, in imposing restrictions never seen before either in peace or war.”
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There had been (fatalities on March) when the PM first addressed the nation live from Number Downing Street earlier this week.
Coronavirus deaths in the UK have now soared to , according to the latest Department of Health figures.
And the number of cases stands at 5, across the country after skyrocketing by over a thousand yesterday.