THE World Health Organisation has today slammed the UK for scaling back coronavirus testing as they warned "don't just let this fire burn".
Cases of the deadly bug in the country today jumped to more than 800, with 11 deaths so far recorded.
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But Boris Johnson this week announced only the most seriously ill will be tested for coronavirus, while others exhibiting symptoms were told to self-isolate.
And in a thinly-veiled swipe, WHO's director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned every case needed to be tested and treated to "break the chains".
He said: "You can't fight a virus if you don't know where it is.
"Find, isolate, test and treat every case to break the chains of Covid transmission. Every case we find and treat limits the expansion of the disease.
"Do not just let this fire burn. Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks 'that won't happen to us' is making a deadly mistake."
Concern grew as the UK death toll rose to 11 with yesterday's confirmed cases up 208 to 798, the biggest daily leap yet.
Wales today announced another 22 cases, bringing its total to 60 – and the overall UK figure to 820.
In the last 24 hours the UK has seen an enormous 35 per cent increase in cases of the deadly virus.
And Mr Johnson will next week ban all mass gatherings in a bid to fight coronavirus.
The PM decided on the move after a host of cancellations — from the London marathon to the Premier League, sources said.
But authorities said it would be too early to close schools.
Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said it was wrong to implement knee-jerk measures “that seem instantly attractive”.
Yesterday, the number of Brits testing positive soared by more than 200 — the biggest 24-hour leap yet.
A total of 798 people are infected, up from 596 on Thursday.
Today, Wales health authorities confirmed an extra 22 cases – bringing their total to 60 and the UK figure to 820.
Europe became the new coronavirus epicentre this week as the number of deaths globally surpassed 5,000.
But Sir Patrick said if 60 per cent of healthy Brits catch coronavirus, it will help protect the most vulnerable by creating “herd immunity”.
His believes it would stop it spreading among the rest of the population.
The contagion would otherwise return next winter, when the NHS is ill-equipped to cope.
He added: “Our aim is to try and reduce the peak, broaden the peak, not suppress it completely.”
Meanwhile in the US, Donald Trump has launched coronavirus testing centres at local supermarkets and car parks.
And Jet2 cancelled all of its flights to Spain today after the country declared a state of emergency.
At least five flights heading to Spain from the UK did a U-turn this morning as the measures were brought in "with immediate effect".
Jet2 said the decision had been made as the local measures to control coronavirus would have a "significant impact" on their customers' holiday.
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