“We sort of painted ourselves in a corner, because then the question will be, what do we do now? In general terms will we continue to harm children to protect the vulnerable, or not? “
Health Minister Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of this month, a tenfold increase that industry leaders have questioned due to shortage of specialty chemicals and test kits. He is also considering certificates of immunity.
Medley said the antibody tests could help but have not worked so far.
The government also said it would release prisoners deemed to be low risk and in the weeks following their release.
Prime Minister Johnson, who has self-isolated after testing positive for the new coronavirus, said he would invite leaders of opposition parties to a briefing next week with Britain’s chief medical officer and scientific advisor .
“As party leaders, we have a duty to work together at this time of national emergency,” he said.
(Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Pravin Char)