The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will speak to US President Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon, Number 10 has said. Johnson will also have a telephone audience with the Queen later in the week.
The Prime Miniseter’s spokesman said, “Mr Johnson is continuing his recovery at Chequers and isn’t formally doing government work.
“As we discussed yesterday, he has been receiving updates from Number 10 on the coronavirus response and has spoken with the First Secretary of State and senior members of his team.
“Yesterday he sent a message of condolence to Justin Trudeau after the very sad loss of life in the shooting in Canada.
“Later today, at around about 2pm, he will be speaking with President Trump.”
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said, Johnson has full confidence in Health Secretary Matt Hancock and that the government is working hard to meet the 100,000 tests a day target.
The spokesman said, “We have said throughout that that is a government target and we are working hard to hit it.”
Professor Neil Fergusson who is the government top scientist advisor accused the government of acting too slowly over mass testing of the population.
Professor Fergusson said mass testing is the only key to ease the lockdown measures as only then will the government know how many people actually have the virus or are now immune.
The Professor from Imperial College London has called on the government for “decisions to be accelerated.”
He said the virus would “run rampant” if there were any hasty decisions on lifting the lockdown too early.
Local government minister Simon Clarke said on Tuesday, “We are absolutely determined across the whole of the UK to hit this target.
“As I say, we are going to move from 26 current testing facilities to 50. That will in turn obviously bring those centres closer to more people and make it more viable to go there.
“We’re increasing the groups of key workers who can go and be tested.”
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