Britain to ‘massively ramp up' Coronavirus tests
Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first time the national toll has exceeded 500
Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that the country would "massively ramp up" the testing for Coronavirus. The PM has been in self isolation after he tested positive for COVID-19.
In a message that he posted on Twitter, the British Prime Minister said, “I want to say a special word about testing because, this is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle." His message came soon after Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first time the national toll has exceeded 500.
"What we need to do is massively ramp up not just tests so that you can know whether you have had the disease in the past, the so-called antibody test, to know whether they haven't got it, rather than isolating themselves at home for no reason, and that's very, very important above all for our NHS staff," he said in the video message.
More than 150,000 people have reportedly been tested for coronavirus in the UK. The NHS England had announced it would ramp up testing capacity to 10,000 a day, but it was not testing more than pass 8,000 a day.
The government has received much flak in recent days for not testing enough and for lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS staff. The PM re-assured that in the last couple of weeks the government had shipped 397 million separate pieces of PPE.
The number of COVID-19 cases in UK is over 33,00 and the no of death is 2,921.