People across the UK are being refused the coronavirus test despite the World Health Organization (WHO) advising the UK health officials to do so.
WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hit out at Boris Johnson on Friday after he announced only the most seriously ill will be tested, whilst others who notice symptoms encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.
Dr Ghebreyesus said, “You can’t fight a virus if you don’t know where it is.
“Find, isolate, test and treat every case to break the chains of Covid transmission. Every case we find and treat limits the expansion of the disease.
“Do not just let this fire burn,’ he said. ‘Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake.”
WHO experts have slammed the British government’s coronavirus plans for a second time, they said the approach to allow UK citizens to develop “herd immunity” against the potentially deadly infection is wrong.
WHO director general said every country should find and test every possible case and gravely warned, not to “just let this fire burn.”
The British prime minister and his team of scientific advisers said on Thursday that the aim of the government’s approach is to slow the progress of the virus as it sweeps through the population.
The chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance said around 60% of the population, 40m people will need to catch the virus to build up a national tolerance strong enough to stop the virus circulating.
However, the WHO spokeswoman Dr Margaret Harris hit out as the UK’s decision to aim for mass immunity.
Dr Harris said, at the moment not enough is known about the “science of this virus” to allow millions to become infected.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “We don’t know enough about the science of this virus, it hasn’t been in our population for long enough for us to know what it does in immunological terms.
“Every virus functions differently in your body and stimulates a different immunological profile.
“We can talk theories, but at the moment we are really facing a situation where we have got to look at action.”
A Whitehall source said the government has drafted the emergency legislation.
Hunt who is the chair of the House of Commons Health select committee questioned the decision not to cancel mass gatherings after Johnson said on Thursday that many more families would “lose loved ones before their time.”