PM Boris Johnson returns to office
In his speech Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked all those that "stepped up" to provide the nation direction in his absence.
In particular making reference to the "terrific" work of foreign secretary and first minister Dominic Raab.
Johnson called the pandemic the biggest single challenge the country had faced since the war.
Urging businesses and "everyone on whom our economy depends" to recognise the period of "maximum risk" the country was facing.
Explaining also that he understood the reality of lockdown economically for firms, but that "more and lasting damage" would be done if lockdown had to be reimposed.
Johnson however provided a glimmer of hope, citing "fewer hospital admissions, fewer COVID patience in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and real signs now that we are passing through the peak".
Making reference to the check list of five, which would have to be met before considering exiting lockdown, Johnson said that the country was on its way to meeting the first condition. Protecting the NHS' ability to cope.
'"If this virus was an physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger, which I can tell you from personal experience it is, then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor" said Johnson.
The speech was concluded by encouraging the country to show the same optimism as Captain Tom Moore, continuing to walk in unity and determination.
In doing so, the UK would "emerge stronger than ever before" he said.