Under-fire Johnson says Britain will ‘massively increase testing’ Apr 03, 2020 0 1772 12345 AFPLONDONPRIME Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain would “massively increase testing” for the COVID-19 virus as the country recorded more than 500 daily deaths for a second consecutive day.Johnson made the vow amid a growing wave of criticism of his government’s failure to provide widespread screening, particularly among frontline healthcare workers. The health ministry announced a record 569 deaths from the virus in Britain in the 24 hours up to 1600 GMT on Wednesday -- the largest single-day rise yet.It followed 563 deaths over the previous corresponding period. The ministry has recorded a further 4,244 confirmed cases in hospitals, taking the number of positive tests to 33,718 as of 0800 GMT on Thursday.Johnson has been in self-isolation since announcing on March 27 that he had caught the virus. “The PM continues to have mild symptoms,” his official spokesman told reporters on Thursday.“We will follow the best medical and scientific advice,” he added when asked if the British leader would end his quarantine on Friday, after the recommended seven days of isolation.In an online video message posted on Wednesday evening, Johnson, whose initial light-touch approach to the outbreak came under scrutiny, said testing was the “way through” the crisis. “We’re also massively increasing testing. As I have said for weeks and weeks this (testing) is the way through,” he said.“This is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle, this is how we will defeat it in the end.”- Growing backlash -Johnson is facing increasing criticism, even in normally supportive media outlets, after officials revealed that just 2,000 out of some 500,000 staff in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) had been tested. RELATED ARTICLES COVID-19 cases reported from Mumbai’s crowded Dharavi slum Apr 03, 2020 0 1623 Global coronavirus cases cross one million as Spain sees record fatalities Apr 03, 2020 0 297 Trump casts doubt on Chinese coronavirus figures Apr 03, 2020 0 3231 Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot dead lockdown troublemakers MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces they should shoot dead anyone causing “trouble” in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. About half the country’s roughly 110 million .. Thailand imposes nationwide curfew to curb virus spread BANGKOK: Thailand will introduce a six-hour night curfew in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus, authorities said on Thursday, warning anyone who breached the order faced a two-year jail term. The curfew from 10 pm .. Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships Sydney Australian police and military will soon begin helicoptering doctors to several cruise ships stranded near Sydney to assess nearly 9,000 crew for COVID-19, officials said on Thursday. The military-style .. German hospitals expand intensive care capacity to 40,000 beds AFP Berlin GERMAN hospitals have increased their number of intensive care beds to 40,000 in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the country’s hospital federation said on Thursday. Three out of four .. Italy reports 760 new deaths and over 115,000 virus infections DPA / AFP Rome ANOTHER 760 people have died from the novel coronavirus epidemic in Italy and national contagion numbers have risen above 115,000, the Italian Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday. The death toll, .. North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus SEOUL: North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting scepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million. The already .. Daily coronavirus infections in South Korea drop below 100 again SEOUL: The number of daily new coronavirus infections in South Korea dropped below 100 again, health authorities said on Thursday, with 89 new cases recorded on the previous day. The total number of infections .. Democrats postpone White House nominating convention to August over virus WASHINGTON: US Democrats on Thursday postponed their national convention until August 17 over concerns about coronavirus, pushing back by five weeks the gathering that nominates the party’s candidate to challenge ..