UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised the delayed coronavirus 'test and trace operation' will be in service by June 1 as he clashed with Labour Party leader Keir Starmer during PMQ (Prime Minister's Questions) in London on Wednesday.
When pressed by Starmer about the reason behind the heavily delays for the tracking system, who quoted a governmental paper that stated the operation would be... Еще in place within two weeks, Johnson disregarded the question and insisted, «this country is now testing more than virtually any other country in the, in Europe.»
«125,000 care home staff have been tested. 118,000 care home workers have been tested,» said Johnson.
Starmer accused Johnson of «feigned ignorance,» and pointed out that «for 10 weeks, there's been no tracing, unlike Germany and South Korea, and tracing is critical.»
Johnson also wouldn't budge on the NHS surcharge international fee which is imposed on migrant care workers coming from outside the European Economic Area. Touching on his recent stay in intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital in London, where he was treated by migrant nurses for COVID-19, he said he had been «a personal beneficiary of people who've come from, carers who've come from abroad,» and had saved his life.
«So I know exactly the importance of [inaudible]. On the other hand, we must look at the realities. This is a great national service, it's a national institution. It needs funding, and those contributions actually help us to raise about £900 million (€1mil) and it's very easy, very difficult in the current circumstances to find alternative sources,» he added.
House of Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle threatened to have Health Secretary Matt Hancock removed from the room for interrupting.
The UK official death toll reached 35,442 people, being the second highest in the world, according to data compiled from the Johns Hopkins University.