NOIDA, March 23 -- We cannot disguise or sugar-coat the threat" from the pandemic, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, warning Britons that the number of deaths and cases are climbing in Britain, which, according to him, is just two or three weeks away from an Italy-like spike.

Latest UK figures show that 281 people have died and 5,683 cases were positive, as concern grow over people in many parts of the UK going out to enjoy Sunday's sunny weather.

Johnson said, "We cannot disguise or sugar-coat the threat. The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks - two or three - behind Italy."

The British PM added, "The Italians have a superb health care system. And yet their doctors and nurses h...