Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
LONDON, April 16 (NNN-AGENCIES) — UK has ‘no plans’
to follow the US and stop funding the World Health Organization, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
His spokesman said the WHO had “an important role to play in leading the global health response” adding that the UK had contributed £75m towards efforts to stop the coronavirus.
The spokesman did not comment on US President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding to the WHO.
On the issue of UK care workers, Downing Street said 3,300 had been invited to be tested for Covid-19, although it was not known how many had been.
Rules would also be changed “straight away” so that patients being discharged from hospital into care homes would be tested for coronavirus before they left.
The spokesman said “extensive work” was being done on an exit strategy from lockdown restrictions.
But, he said that, for now, the focus needed to be on getting the public to stay at home while capacity is built in the NHS.
Downing Street has said the Prime Minister “continues to make good progress” in his recovery from Covid-19.
The Prime Minister was tested positive for Covid-19 on March 26 and was discharged on Sunday from St Thomas’s Hospital, and currently recuperating in his countryside residence Chequers with fiance Carrie Symonds. — NNN-AGENCIES