London: As the government faces demands to strengthen the transparency of its strict social alienation exit strategy, the death toll from the British coronavirus outbreak on Friday was close to 20,000.
The Ministry of Health said more than 684 people died within 24 hours of Thursday, 1600 GMT, bringing the number of COVID-19 deaths in the hospital to 19,506.
This number is higher than the 616 reported the day before, after the government claimed that the virus reached its peak and showed a downward trend.
But this is still one of the worst-hit countries in the world, and if the number of deaths in the community is taken into account, people worry that the real number may be higher.
The UK has been blocked for a month, businesses are closed, and people are ordered to stay at home, in addition to buying essentials and medicines or performing daily exercises.
The restrictions will be reviewed on May 7, but the government is under pressure to disclose its plan to cancel the measures.
The ministers also faced criticism of the scope of the test and called for urgent filling of gaps in the supply of protective equipment for health and social care workers.
Health Minister Matt Hancock detailed on Thursday the community expansion test for the virus in the coming weeks, but said it will depend on the reduction in the rate of spread of the virus.
At the same time, the government said that last Friday, a new website was overwhelmed by testing up to 10 million key workers and their families.
“Within two minutes of the portal opening this morning, 5,000 testing kits had been ordered,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson s official spokesman told reporters.
“And that s the available capacity for today.”
By next weekend, up to 18,000 home test kits will be provided every day.
He added that it is expected that 15,000 tests will also be conducted at the through train test center on Friday.
Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April, and contact tracing (was abandoned due to the rapid outbreak in the UK) will start again to more fully reflect the spread of the virus.