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Tony Blair calls for mass testing before there’s an end to lockdown

by LLB Reporter
20th Apr 20 11:57 am

The former Labour leader Tony Blair has said on Monday that Boris Johnson’s response to the pandemic was probably to “slow.”

Blair told Sky News that he “can’t see any way out” of the lockdown without the public being mass tested.

He further said, the coronavirus outbreak is the “most complicated and difficult challenge I have ever seen in politics.”

He offered a possible exit strategy for Johnson, to mass test “including the development of the community force” to help.

He said the government must ensure there is “mask acquisition and production on a vast scale” for all frontline staff.

Talking about a vaccine, the report calls for “utilisation of every means nationally and globally to identify those treatments which can reduce the severity of the disease.”

Only when cases of the virus substantially drop, then the UK can consider easing lockdown restrictions.

Gavin Williams the Education Secretary told Downing Streets daily press briefing on Sunday, that he cannot provide a date for when schools will reopen.

He said the government is “enormously grateful” to all teachers and staff in nurseries who have continued working to care for vulnerable children and look after the children of key workers.

He said, “I can’t give you a date” when schools will reopen fully.

“People are anxious to know when we’re going to relax restrictions, when schools are likely to be fully back and open again.

“Of course, I want nothing more than to see schools back, get them back to normal, make sure the children are sat around, learning, and experiencing the joy of being at school.

“But I can’t give you a date.

“Because before we do, we need to meet five tests.”

The Welsh Health Minister, Vaughan Gething said Wales are planning to push for more coronavirus testing, which will allow critical workers to return to work more quickly.

Gething said, “We are increasing our capacity for testing in Wales through our community testing units, the introduction of regional drive-in testing centres and, within weeks, an online home testing service.

“As the daily number of tests have not been matching the capacity we’ve built up in Wales, I ordered a rapid review of the current system.

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