When Prime Minister Boris Johnson developed a cough and fever, he got a test for the new coronavirusBy JILL LAWLESS Associated PressApril 1, 2020, 4:57 PM5 min readLONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson developed a cough and fever, he got a test for the new coronavirus. Most other Britons won’t be offered one. Johnson’s Conservative government was under fire Wednesday for failing to keep its promise to increase the amount of testing being done for COVID-19, even as the country saw its biggest day-to-day rise yet in deaths among people with the virus, to 2,352. The issue has become an incipient political crisis for Johnson, who has mild symptoms and is working from isolation in the prime minister’s Downing Street apartment. Richard Horton, editor of medical journal The Lancet, said Britain’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis was “the most serious science policy failure in a generation.” In a tweet, he noted that England’s deputy chief medical officer said last week that “’there comes a point in a pandemic where that (testing) is not an appropriate intervention.” “Now (testing is) a priority,” Horton said. “Public message: utter confusion.” Like some other countries, the U.K. has restricted testing to hospitalized patients,


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