The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there is “no alternative” to imposing a coronavirus lockdown across England to stop the health service being overwhelmed.
“This kind of mass testing has the potential to be a powerful new weapon in our fight against Covid-19,” Johnson said in a statement.
Speaking in the House of Commons he told lawmakers he had done his “level best” to avoid national restrictions.
“Faced with these latest figures, there is no alternative but to take further action at a national level,” he said. If the health service is allowed to be overwhelmed “doctors and nurses could be forced to choose which patients to treat, who would live and who would die.”