The UK may have actually hit its target of testing 100,000 people a day for COVID-19, despite days of concern that the promise may have been a bridge too far.
The Government set out an ambitious target of 100,000 daily tests by the end of April.
On Friday (May 1), Housing Minister Robert Jenrick told the BBC, it looks like the government will "either meet the target or come close".
In the 24 hours to 9 a.m.
On Thursday (April 30), over 81,000 tests were carried out.
The increase in testing capacity paves the way for the UK government to put in place the beginnings of a network to test, track and trace people through the pandemic, as it looks to safely ease lockdown restrictions.
On Thursday (April 30), Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was now past the peak of its outbreak.
And he promised to set out a plan next week on how the country might start gradually returning to normal life.
The UK has the second-highest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe with well over 26,000 deaths.
Sir Keir Starmer says the row over Robert Jenrick's involvement in the controversial approval of the Westferry Printworks development is now a "judgement call" on Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Labour leader insisted the government needed to get to the bottom of the issue before moving on. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under increasing pressure to resign amid a row over the controversial approval of the Westferry Printworks development. Mr Jenrick approved the development on the Isle of Dogs in east London, near Canary Wharf just 12 days before the developer, Richard Desmond, made a £12,000 donation to the Conservative party. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Business minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, saying he pulled the planning application for the Westferry Printworks development as soon as there was "a perception of bias". Mr Zahawi said it was vital to "move on" from the row in order to "deliver the housing for those families that need it most". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick faced calls to resign after documents revealed he was “insistent” a controversial development was agreed before a new levy would cost its Tory donor backer millions.Boris Johnson backed the beleaguered minister with the head of the civil service saying the Prime Minister “considered the matter closed”.But a stash of documents and texts released after pressure from the opposition showed multi-millionaire Tory donor Richard Desmond urged Mr Jenrick to approve the east London development scheme so that “Marxists” did not get “doe for nothing”.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that people should wear masks in confined spaces such as shops and that the government would say more in the next few days about what "tools of enforcement" would be used.
Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal credited increased testing and working in unison for the betterment in COVID-19 situation in the capital. He said, "Positivity rate and death rate is coming down and recovery rate has increased rapidly but people should not be complacent. You never know, COVID-19 may surge again. Right now, taking precautions are the biggest weapon. Use of masks, sanitisers and washing hands is very important. Increased testing and working in unison is to credit for the betterment in situation." Although Delhi has over 1 lakh confirmed cases of coronavirus, its active infections stands just above 19,000.
India on July 14 crossed the 9 lakh mark for coronavirus cases after 28,498 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 9,06,752 which includes 3,11,565 active cases. 5,71,460 people have been recovered from the deadly disease. The death toll has reached 23,727 after 553 COVID related deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 2,86,247 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 13, taking the total number of samples tested to over 1.20 crores.
The old age homes of Ahmedabad have been getting more number of inquiries in the current pandemic situation. A lot of people contacted the old age homes to inquire about the vacancy amid lockdown. Managers of old age homes said more people are contacting them amid COVID-19. While Speaking to ANI, the trustee of Jeevan Sandhya Old Age home, Suketu Nagarwadia said, "There have been more inquiries about vacancy in our old age home. But, our old age home is already full. We can't have more people. Many people have lost jobs or facing financial crisis. This has led to more number of inquiries. Even, some families have small houses so keeping social distance is problem. So, many people tried contacting us but our old age home is full and we cannot take more people." Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hiramani Old age home said, "Our old age home has more number of inquiries and each day we get lot of phone calls. When I asked some of them they gave me reason that they have small children at home and old age people can get infected easily from the virus. We fear that they might get infected and infect other members of family also."