British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to US President Donald Trump over the cellphone to debate the coronavirus pandemic quickly after he took to social media to announce that he has examined constructive for COVID-19 and has gone into self-isolation.
The 55-year-old, who’s believed to be the primary world chief to have examined constructive for the lethal virus, stated his signs are gentle which suggests he’ll keep it up main the response to the outbreak within the UK – the place the demise toll jumped by 181 to hit 759 and the variety of confirmed instances of COVID-19 stood at 14,543 on Friday.
“Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with US President Donald Trump at this time. The President wished the Prime Minister a speedy restoration from coronavirus,” a Downing Avenue spokesperson stated on Friday night. “They agreed to work collectively intently, together with the G7, the G20, and different worldwide companions, to defeat the coronavirus pandemic,” the spokesperson stated.
The decision got here quickly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi despatched his finest needs to Johnson on Twitter, describing him as a “fighter”.
“You’re a fighter and you’ll overcome this problem as properly. Prayers in your good well being and finest needs in making certain a wholesome UK,” stated Modi.
Earlier within the day, Johnson had posted an upbeat video message insisting that “we are going to win” in opposition to the virus if we supply on following the recommendation to “keep at house”.
“Be in little question that I can proceed, because of the wizardry of contemporary expertise, to speak with all my high staff to guide the nationwide fightback in opposition to coronavirus,” he stated.
Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s pregnant fiancée, has reportedly moved out of Downing Avenue and is known to be self-isolating individually with the couple’s canine Dilyn at her south London flat.
It was additionally confirmed on Friday that Well being Secretary Matt Hancock and the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, each of whom have been main the UK authorities fightback and had been regulars on the day by day Downing Avenue briefings by way of the disaster, have additionally examined constructive with gentle signs.
“Working from house and wishing Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock a speedy restoration,” stated UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak in a Twitter put up with a picture of him at his desk.
The Indian-origin finance minister has additionally been seen working in shut proximity with the UK prime minister and Hancock on the federal government’s financial response to the disaster, most lately becoming a member of Johnson outdoors NO. 10 Downing Avenue within the “clap for carers” on Thursday night time as his neighbour at No. 11.
Cupboard Workplace minister Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, stepped in to host the day by day Downing Avenue briefing on Friday night as an alternative, throughout which he stated that the federal government was making ready to “dramatically” roll out 1000’s of antigen checks for frontline Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) workers.
“Rising our testing capability is completely essential in our response to and our battle in opposition to coronavirus,” stated Gove.
“This can be a specific precedence for many who work within the well being and social care sector and are working so laborious to maintain us all secure,” he stated.
NHS and social care staff with signs or those that dwell with individuals who have signs will probably be checked – beginning with essential care docs and nurses. It follows criticism over an absence of testing for well being staff. An antigen take a look at determines if somebody is at present contaminated and dangers spreading it to others. A simpler antibody take a look at, which confirms if somebody has already had the virus and subsequently immune, continues to be a way off with Public Well being England saying that it’s ordering it within the tens of millions and can distribute it as quickly as it’s assured about its accuracy. The British Medical Affiliation (BMA) stated the transfer in the direction of testing NHS workers in England was “lengthy overdue”.
“For each wholesome member of workers at house self-isolating needlessly when they don’t have the virus, the NHS is wanting somebody who could possibly be offering very important care to sufferers on the entrance line,” stated the BMA’s Indian-origin chairman, Dr Chaand Nagpaul.
Beforehand, solely critically sick sufferers in hospital with flu-like signs had been being routinely examined for the virus. In the mean time about 6,000 persons are examined day by day. However by the tip of March the federal government needs to check 10,000 folks a day, rising to 25,000 by mid-April.
Knowledgeable evaluation suggests the speed of an infection within the UK has been doubling each three to 4 days and the variety of instances are prone to proceed to extend over the subsequent two to 3 weeks, earlier than the consequences of social distancing lockdown measures and restrictions on on a regular basis life start to have an effect.