July 20, 2009
[efoods]Swine flu is a greater threat to Britain than terrorism, said Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, as pregnant women were advised to avoid unneccessary travel.
Mr Johnson insisted that measures were in place to deal with the spread of the virus but urged people to adhere to good hygene practices to limit the risk to themselves and others.
He said: “We have been preparing for this for a long time. It came actually above terrorism as a threat to this country, so we had the whole Cobra machinery and inter-agency working. We have gone through simulation exercises where everyone was involved.
Mr Johnson told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show: “What we are finding is that it is attacking the young rather than the elderly, who traditional seasonal flu would attack.