March 17, 2020 / 6:08 PM / in 13 days

Johnson says only right that state steps in during outbreak

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 17, 2020. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was only right that the state step in to look after people during the coronavirus pandemic and that the more the health service was protected, the less economic damage there would be.

Reporting by Kate Holton and Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison

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