Under-fire Johnson says UK will ‘massively increase testing’

LONDON (HRNW) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would “massively increase testing” amid a growing wave of criticism on Thursday about his government’s failure to provide widespread coronavirus screening.

In a video message posted online on Wednesday night from Downing Street, where he has been in self-isolation since announcing on March 27 that he had contracted the virus, Johnson said testing was the “way through”.

“We’re also massively increasing testing. As I have said for weeks and weeks this (testing) is the way through,” Johnson said.

“This is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle, this is how we will defeat it in the end.”

He was reacting to condemnation of his government, especially in the media, after officials revealed that just 2,000 out of half-a-million staff in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) had been tested.

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