For the first time the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson clashes with Sir Keir Starmer the Labour leader over the UK`s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Johnson indicated that some elements of the UK`s coronavirus lockdown could be eased next week. The Prime Minister vowed to ramp up Covid-19 testing to 200,000 a day by the end of May. The announcement came after Matt Hancock warned that Brits might need to “learn to live with coronavirus”.
The other opposition leaders and Sir Keir Starmer are to grill the PM on Government`s response on Thursday. The Labour leader will raise the need for a “national consensus” on easing the lockdown based around keeping the public safe, a “mass expansion” of contact tracing and protecting key workers, his spokesman said.
Recently fears have been raised that malicious fake alerts could be generated by the new NHS contact-tracing app, adding to prior concerns about users` privacy and whether the app will even be usable.
Yesterday the UK`s death toll rose to 29,427. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said there had been a further 693 deaths making the nation`s death toll the worst in Europe.
It seems the UK government has shifted its focus from finding a vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus and are channeling most efforts on increasing the number of tests. The coronavirus death toll might continue to rise when lockdown restrictions are eased and strict social distancing measures might be very difficult to implement.