Call for Government’s medical advisers to resign over Covid-19 testing

England's deputy medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries, with prime minister Boris Johnson during a previous government coronavirus briefing (PA)

A call has been made for the Government's medical advisers to resign as criticism over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic continues.

There was anger from health experts after Dr Jenny Harries, England's deputy chief medical officer, claimed the UK has been an "international exemplar in preparedness" during the pandemic.

Her comments during Sunday's daily government briefing came despite ongoing concerns about low numbers of Covid-19 testing and a lack of personal protective equipment for NHS staff.

Professor Anthony Costello, director of University College London's Institute for Global Health, tweeted: "Deputy CMO Jenny Harries still believes that testing policy in the UK has been correct.

"And she doesn't understand links between tests and #Covid death rates. Is this #CMO policy? If so, they should resign."

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Late-night drinkers in Soho continue into the early hours of Sunday morning as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Late-night drinkers in Soho dance on the street in the early hours of Sunday morning as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman poses with a street cleaner in Soho as drinkers continue into the early hours of Sunday morning, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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A street cleaner sweeps a street in Soho as late-night drinkers continue into the early hours of Sunday morning as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Police officers are seen breaking up a fight outside a pub in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Police officers are seen breaking up a fight outside a pub in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A man is seen being carried on his friend's shoulders in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Police officers are seen walking through heavy crowds in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Passengers in a taxi are seen laughing as they drive through thick crowds in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Revellers are seen drinking in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A couple are seen embracing in heavy crowds in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
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A girl plays guitar and a couple kiss under a mural depicting William Shakespeare on the south bank of river Thames, as the capital is set to reopen after the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, in London, Saturday, July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Members of the public are seen at a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, wearing a mask against the spread of the coronavirus, attends a press conference after he clocked the second fastest time during the qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Saturday, July 4, 2020. The Austrian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (Mario Renzi/Pool via AP)
A member of staff at Solvay Society brewery in Leytonstone pours a beer on the first day of reopening after the lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak, in London, Saturday, July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Members of the public are seen at a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
A member of the public shares a joke with police on Canal Street in Manchester's gay village, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
NHS staff and campaigners on Westminster Bridge take part in a candlelit procession from St Thomas' Hospital, to Downing Street, London where they are holding a vigil for those who have died as a result of coronavirus and marking the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. Each lantern represents 1000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the UK.
The National Theatre draped in tape at the launch of the #MissingLiveTheatre campaign by Scene Change, the collective of British Theatre Designers. This follows advice that its 400 team of casual workers would be laid off. The National Theatre has told its 400-strong team of casual staff that they will lose their jobs in a move it said was unavoidable as the Covid-19 crisis continues to force job losses across the British theatre landscape. (Photo by David Mbiyu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Pariss Boseley-Yemm holds a thermometer at the reopening of The Salon Leeds, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across the country, in Leeds, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. Restrictions which were imposed on March 23 have been eased allowing businesses including pubs, restaurants and hair salons, to reopen to members of the public with measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
Campaigners hold lanterns outside Downing Street for British NHS medical and care workers who have died due to COVID-19, in London, Friday, July 3, 2020. A number of NHS staff and campaigners carried one lantern to represent people who have died due to COVID-19, as they walked from St. Thomas' Hospital over Westminster Bridge to then hold a candlelit vigil outside Downing Street, where they read out a small number of representative names of NHS staff who died. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Stylist Tommy D'Amour cuts the hair of client Lea Jantz at Tusk Hair in Camden, London, after opening at midnight to the first post-lockdown customer as restrictions are eased across England early Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which were imposed on March 23, allows businesses including pubs, restaurants and hair salons, to reopen to members of the public with measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
People riding horses cross the Epsom Downs Racecourse onto the Downs within, in Epsom, England, Friday, July 3, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on upcoming Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past closed shops in Leicester, England, Tuesday June 30, 2020. The British government has reimposed lockdown restrictions in the English city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections, including the closure of shops that don't sell essential goods and schools. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Protective screens dividing tables at a Wetherspoons pub The Mossy Well in Muswell Hill, London, ahead of pubs reopening on July 4, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A protective shield for customers surrounds the card payment machine at the bar of a Wetherspoons pub The Mossy Well in Muswell Hill, London, ahead of pubs reopening on July 4, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A member of the army collects a test at a coronavirus testing station set up in Victoria Park in Leicester, England, Tuesday June 30, 2020. The British government has reimposed lockdown restrictions in the English city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections, including the closure of shops that don't sell essential goods and schools. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
People arrive at a walk in coronavirus testing station set up in Spinney Hill park in Leicester, England, Tuesday June 30, 2020. The British government has reimposed lockdown restrictions in the English city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections, including the closure of shops that don't sell essential goods and schools. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
A Caffe Ritazza in Waterloo Station, London as SSP, the company behind railway station and airport chains, is reportedly planning to make more than half of its UK workforce redundant.
A passenger waits at a bus stop with a sign advising travellers to wear a face covering whilst travelling, in London, Friday, June 5, 2020. It will become compulsory to wear face coverings whilst using public transport in England from Monday June 15. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A city council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre at Spinney Park which will be incinerated on June 29, 2020 in Leicester, England. In a television appearance on Sunday, British Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed the government was considering a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. The city's mayor has said that Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A pedestrian passes a mural thanking key workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic in the centre of Leicester, central England, on June 29, 2020. - The central English city of Leicester could be the country's first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel said on June 28. The Midlands city recorded 658 new cases in the two weeks up to June 16, many linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A woman wearing a PPE mask walks past social distance advisory singns in Leicester's North Evington neighbourhood on June 29, 2020 in Leicester, England. In a television appearance on Sunday, British Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed the government was considering a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. The city's mayor has said that Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks past a stencilled message reminding people to practice social distancing as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 in the centre of Leicester, central England, on June 29, 2020. - The central English city of Leicester could be the country's first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel said on June 28. The Midlands city recorded 658 new cases in the two weeks up to June 16, many linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
A Coronavirus testing station has been set up in Victoria Park Leicester
A member of staff at the Apple store in Edinburgh's Princes Street takes the temperature of a customer before entering as non-essential stores across the country reopen today as part of Scotland's phased plan to ease out of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Members of the public in Leicester City Centre as speculation grows about a localised lockdown in Leicester a localised lockdown in Leicester
John Turner, landlord of The Dolphin pub in Llanymynech, where the border for England and Wales runs along the A483. Drinking establishments on one side of the A road such as The Cross Keys and The Bradford Arms will welcome customers on Saturday 4th July, however The Dolphin, a pub yards inside the Welsh border remains closed.
Social distancing signage at a store in Llanymynech, where the border for England and Wales runs along the A483. Drinking establishments on one side of the A road such as The Cross Keys and The Bradford Arms will welcome customers on Saturday 4th July, however The Dolphin, a pub yards inside the Welsh border remains closed.
A person in their car looks on as they make their way through the lion reserve at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, which reopens today as part of Scotland's phased plan to ease out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer joins in a games lesson during a visit to Torriano School in Camden, north London, where he saw the work teachers are doing to keep children educated during lockdown.
Zoo keepers feed the penguins as members of the public visit Edinburgh Zoo, which reopens today as part of Scotland's phased plan to ease out of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Pride in London show parade highlights on the Picadilly screen at Picadilly Circus on June 27, 2020 in London, England. In line with government guideline, the annual Pride parade had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Pride in London)
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View of No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in west London on June 27, 2020 the weekend before the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament were due to start on June 29. - There was none of the usual bustle of preparations the Saturday before the top tennis stars would normally decend on Wimbledon for The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The Championships, which were due to start on June 29, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Bob MARTIN / AELTC / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by BOB MARTIN/AELTC/AFP via Getty Images)
Businesses are opening in the area of Brick Lane, east London as the British Government has eased the lockdown measures, due to the coronavirus outbreak, London on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Rubbish that has been collected by locals at Tynemouth beach in north east England, after a busy day there yesterday. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman wearing a face mask walks amid shoppers on Oxford Street in heatwave conditions in London, England, on June 25, 2020. Temperatures rose to 33C in parts of London today, in what has been one of the UK's hottest days of the year so far. Central London was nonetheless busy with shoppers this afternoon as the retail sector mounts its comeback after coronavirus lockdown restrictions on non-essential shops were eased at the beginning of last week. Among retailers, confidence is reportedly low that recovery will be swift, however, with a survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today revealing fears of reduced consumer demand as well as operational challenges such as staff absences and transport difficulties. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face mask stands on Oxford Street in heatwave conditions in London, England, on June 25, 2020. Temperatures rose to 33C in parts of London today, in what has been one of the UK's hottest days of the year so far. Central London was nonetheless busy with shoppers this afternoon as the retail sector mounts its comeback after coronavirus lockdown restrictions on non-essential shops were eased at the beginning of last week. Among retailers, confidence is reportedly low that recovery will be swift, however, with a survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today revealing fears of reduced consumer demand as well as operational challenges such as staff absences and transport difficulties. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: People with face masks sit on the sea wall at the beach on June 25, 2020 in Southend-on-Sea, England. The UK is experiencing a summer heatwave, with temperatures in many parts of the country expected to rise above 30C and weather warnings in place for thunderstorms at the end of the week. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
A hand-made sign alongside the A82 road in Glencoe, Highlands, as Scotland moves into the second phase of its four-step plan to ease out of lockdown.
Hand-made signs warning people to consider the local community alongside the road in Ballachulish in the Highlands as Scotland moves into the second phase of its four-step plan to ease out of lockdown.
Operations supervisor Dave Warren sprays social distance measure signs on the ground in the new World of Dinosaurs attraction explaining social distancing measures at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where staff are preparing to open the attraction on June 29 as part of Scotland's phased release of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Operations supervisor Dave Warren cleans hand rails at the sea lion pool explaining social distancing measures at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where staff are preparing to open the attraction on June 29 as part of Scotland's phased release of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Operations supervisor Dave Warren installs signs in the rhino yard explaining social distancing measures at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where staff are preparing to open the attraction on June 29 as part of Scotland's phased release of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
A coronavirus prevention sign in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, as Thursday could be the UK's hottest day of the year with scorching temperatures forecast to rise even further.
A woman wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or covering as a precautionary measure against spreading COVID-19, arrives on the beach in the sea in Southend on Sea, south east England, on June 24, 2020. - Just days after lockdown ended and European travel restrictions were lifted, many were staying home in the cool Tuesday as a heatwave hit the continent with temperatures touching 40 degrees Celcius. Britain was bracing for a flood of visitors to its beaches with the heatwave expected to last until Friday and temperatures set to climb into the mid-30s in the south and centre of the country. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: An aerial drone camera view of Sandy Bay beach and Coney Beach pleasure park which remains closed due to coronavirus restrictions as the Met Office warn temperatures could reach 34 degrees this week on June 24, 2020 in Porthcawl, United Kingdom. The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has announced that all non-essential shops will be allowed to open their doors again in Wales from Monday but people will be asked to continue to "stay local" with five miles given as guidance until July 6. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
An employee at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire paints social distancing markers in the shape of a paw print outside the Amur Tigers enclosure, as the zoo prepares to reopen to the public from Monday June 29, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crowds of people gather in Woolton Village, Liverpool and drink alcohol served from local food outlets as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England.
People enjoying the weather on the beach in Bournemouth as cruise liner docked in the background following the Coronavirus outbreak.
AFC Bournemouth substitutes stand for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the coronavirus before the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.
General view of empty walkway towards the Amex Stadium ahead of the game against Arsenal during the Premier League match back following the Coronavirus outbreak.
Players and officials stand for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the coronavirus before the Premier League match at the London Stadium.
Steven Butterly from Azurablu Scotland Ltd during an electrostatic disinfection clean which follows a deep clean at Ross Sales and Lettings in Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A customer enters a branch of Greggs in Winchester, Hampshire, as the bakery chain reopens 800 stores across the UK following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Primark staff in the Belfast city centre store as it opens its doors to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
A customer queues outside Primark in Belfast as some non-essential shops in Northern Ireland open their doors to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Enda Stevens of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park on June 17, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
A general view shows jockeys returning from the unplaced finishers on day two of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 17, 2020, which is taking place behind 'closed doors' due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALAN CROWHURST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A sign reminding people that the Toilets are hangs at the Kenilworth Castle fence during its reopening. Six sites managed by the English Heritage have reopened to the public this week after closing amid the coronavirus outbreak. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens in Warwickshire are some of the six sites that have adopted a one way system around the whole site, with separate entrance and exit points, along with social distancing markers. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Frankie Dettori is seen in the Queen's silks ahead of the Hampton Court Stakes on day two of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 17, 2020, which is taking place behind 'closed doors' due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Edward Whitaker / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EDWARD WHITAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Stewards at a gate entering Villa Park in Birmingham as Aston Villa prepare play Sheffield United in the first Premier League match back following the Coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
FALMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Lee McIntyre of Jam vinyl records and coffee shop poses for the photographer on June 17, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The British government have relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly from Monday June 15, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors. Places of worship will allow individual prayers and protective facemasks become mandatory on public transport. (Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images)
FALMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Maddy Amos of the Falmouth Bookseller poses for the photographer on June 17, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The British government have relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly from Monday June 15, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors. Places of worship will allow individual prayers and protective facemasks become mandatory on public transport. (Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images)
In the 24hrs that a further 38 died from Coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,736, a further easing of the UKs Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions took place with many high street shops today being allowed to re-open after three months of forced closure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanting to stimulate the economy, has urged people to "shop with confidence" and long queues formed outside the main brands. But unlike on public transport, face coverings are not compulsory so shop floors and shopping practices have had to be adapted to ensure customers social distances, amid fears of a second infection wave. A social distance sign advising on the 2 metre rule outside the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street, on 15th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
EASTLEIGH, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/15: An employee at Top Gift Mobile stall wears a face shield and mask as preventive measure while working. (Photo by Dawn Fletcher-Park/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
In the 24hrs that a further 38 died from Coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,736, a further easing of the UKs Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions took place with many high street shops today being allowed to re-open after three months of forced closure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanting to stimulate the economy, has urged people to "shop with confidence" and long queues formed outside the main brands. But unlike on public transport, face coverings are not compulsory so shop floors and shopping practices have had to be adapted to ensure customers social distances, amid fears of a second infection wave. A security lady with blue gloves stands at an exit-only door and shows shoppers where to queue 2 metres apart outside Selfridges on Oxford Street, on 15th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
In the 24hrs that a further 38 died from Coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,736, a further easing of the UKs Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions took place with many high street shops today being allowed to re-open after three months of forced closure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanting to stimulate the economy, has urged people to "shop with confidence" and long queues formed outside the main brands. But unlike on public transport, face coverings are not compulsory so shop floors and shopping practices have had to be adapted to ensure customers social distances, amid fears of a second infection wave. Apple employees wait for shoppers in a queue in Hannover Street to have their forehead temperatures taken with a Thermo Flash infrared no-contact thermometer before being allowed into the Apple Store around the corner in Regent Street, on 15th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Hundreds of shoppers stand in line ahead of the store opening at Primark in Birmingham as non-essential shops in England open their doors to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUN 14, 2020 - Coronavirus: social distancing signs in Wood Green, non essential shops are allowed to open from tomorrow 15th June- PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Indoor Stall Holders prepare to open their shops for tomorrow, at Camden Market on June 14, 2020 in London, UK .As the British government further relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures in England, this week sees preparations being made to open non-essential stores and Transport for London handing out face masks to commuters. International travelers arriving in the UK will face a 14-day quarantine period. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Social Distancing Signs on the Cobbles of Camden Market on June 14, 2020 in London, UK .As the British government further relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures in England, this week sees preparations being made to open non-essential stores and Transport for London handing out face masks to commuters. International travelers arriving in the UK will face a 14-day quarantine period. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Two mourners pay their respects on June 14, 2020 in London, England. Official memorials for the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people, were held online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An ongoing public inquiry into the disaster criticised the London Fire Brigade for its "stay put" strategy, in which emergency personnel told residents to stay in their flats for nearly two hours after the fire began. (Photo by Anselm Ebulue/Getty Images)
A member of Black Lives Matter movement, wearing a protective mask against the spread of coronavirus, waits at Hyde Park in London, print to a rally, Saturday, June 13, 2020. British police have imposed strict restrictions on groups planning to protest in London Saturday in a bid to avoid violent clashes between protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as far-right groups. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13: Sisters Rosie, Grace and Alex McQueen along with their parents and dog Molly watch Grease on the big screen in the Titanic Quarter from their classic camper van on June 13, 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The drive-in cinema is the first of its kind taking place in the UK as some of the restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic are relaxed. Drive-In Cinema Belfast who organised the event will donate all the profits towards Covid-19 research at Queens University, Belfast. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/13: Shoppers use the provided hand washing facility at the entrance of Greenwich market. The government advised that non-essential shops which have been shut since March, could reopen so long as they can apply social distancing rules and follow other measures. (Photo by David Mbiyu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/13: People shopping at Greenwich market. The government advised that non-essential shops which have been shut since March, could reopen so long as they can apply social distancing rules and follow other measures. (Photo by David Mbiyu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13: Movie goers watch Grease on the big screen in the Titanic Quarter beneath the famous Harland and Wolff cranes on June 13, 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The drive-in cinema is the first of its kind taking place in the UK as some of the restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic are relaxed. Drive-In Cinema Belfast who organised the event will donate all the profits towards Covid-19 research at Queens University, Belfast. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Members of the Welsh Guards perform in front of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southeast England on June 13, 2020, as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 94th birthday this year. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 13: Activists chant as the face police officers on Parliament Street, as far-right linked groups gather around London's statues on June 13, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Following a social media post by the far-right activist known as Tommy Robinson, members of far-right linked groups have gathered around statues in London. Several statues in the UK have been targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters for their links to racism and the slave trade. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
With the UK's Coronavirus pandemic lockdown easing with preparations going ahead for the opening of more public transport and services plus shops, another 151 have died from Covid-19 bringing the total in the last 24hrs to 41,279. Social distance guides ensure passengers climb the steps into Waterloo Station on the right-hand side, and descend on the opposite left side while Britons are being asked to wear face coverings and to stay apart which is in line with government requirements for all users of public trransport starting next Monday (15th June), on 11th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, June 9, 2020 photo, Nurse Lucy Wraith, left, wearing PPE, personal protective equipment ties a surgical mask around Chloe Allison as they test the measures taken by the practice to receive suspected coronavirus patients at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre, in Grimsby, northeast England. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP)
A woman walks past a shop window in the Victoria Square shopping centre, Belfast, after all shopping centres and retailers were given the green light to reopen in a significant relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
A solo cyclist rides through a deserted Camden High Street during the 12th week of the lockdown. The government announced on Tuesday that non-essential shops, which have been shut since March, can reopen on Monday, so long as they can apply social distancing rules. (Photo by David Mbiyu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
File photo dated 22/4/2020, the day when PA asked its photographers to take one picture at NOON to show the impact of coronavirus on the UK and Ireland. It shows Liverpool waterfront practically deserted as shops and business remain closed and the population in lockdown in the continuing fight against the coronavirus.
File photo dated 08/06/20 of passengers Guy arriving at Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London. Travel and hospitality firms campaigning against the UK's quarantine policy say they have received "private assurances" that air bridges will be introduced by the end of the month.
The name of Genevieve Burnett is added by family members to a memorial Wall with the words "We Grieve" where the names of local people who have died from COVID-19 and other non-coronavirus related causes like terminal illness during the Coronavirus outbreak are written on hoarding around Liberty Hall on Clapton Common, London. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
BARNSTAPLE, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Detailed view of a handwashing station as Preparations are made at Exmoor Zoo ahead of the Relaxing of Covid-19 Restrictions on June 11, 2020 in Barnstaple, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Grass roots soccer referees form a guard of honour and clap for the hearse carrying Jermaine Wright, a referee of the Hackney Marshes grassroots football league who died of COVID-19 in London, Thursday, June 11, 2020. The deadly coronavirus has killed thousands of people in Britain, but each death is not just a number, and is deeply personal for each family, group of colleagues and friends.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Cleaners spray a peroxide based disinfectant on handrails and surfaces as a protective measure against the spread of Covid-19 inside the currently closed North Terminal at Gatwick Airport on June 9, 2020 in London, England. Gatwick Airport has introduced a range of protective measures to battle the spread of COVID-19 as the airport prepares to increase operating hours from June 15, 2020, and to resume operations at the North Terminal with a range of airlines. The airport’s North Terminal closed in March due to the impact that coronavirus outbreak had on the number of flights able to operate. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Dentist Dr Salisha Amin prepares for an aerosol generating procedure (AGP) wearing full PPE at Woodford Dental Care in north London as the practice opens up for the first time since the UK went into coronavirus lockdown.
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According to the Government, the UK carried out 21,626 tests on Saturday, far short of its long-stated target of 100,000 per day by the end of this month.

In comparison, an estimated 50,000 tests for coronavirus are carried out in Germany each day.

But Dr Harries defended the UK's approach, saying it and Germany are at "different phases" of the pandemic.

"We had and we still have a very clear plan - we had a containment phase and it was very successful," she said.

Meanwhile, Richard Horton, the editor of medical journal The Lancet, criticised the Government's advisers, accused them of telling "manifest untruths".

In a tweet posted on Sunday evening, he wrote: "When you see supposedly independent medical advisors to government tell what are manifest untruths to shore up a political regime whose credibility is rapidly collapsing, you have to say that those advisors have lost their integrity and our trust."

There has been anger from NHS officials over a continued lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, while a report in the Sunday Times claimed the government dithered in its response to the coronavirus crisis.

Of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 16,060 have died, according to the Government.

At the end of last month, Horton criticised Dr Harries after she claimed the UK had a "perfectly adequate supply of PPE".

Writing in The Lancet, he said: "I am sure Dr Harries believed what she said. But she was wrong and she should apologise to the thousands of health workers who still have no access to WHO-standard PPE."

On Sunday, Dr Harries said: "The UK, regardless of the position that we may be in now, has been an international exemplar in preparedness."

Labour MP Diane Abbott responded to Dr Harries' comment by tweeting: "It's a wonder she can say these things with a straight face."

The lack of PPE has been repeatedly raised by NHS officials, as some staff are forced to use washing equipment and have been asked to accept wearing less protective gear.

Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said there was "relatively low confidence" that a shipment of 400,000 surgical gowns which had been due to arrive in the UK from Turkey on Sunday would make its way into the country on Monday.

Hopson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that it was wrong to focus on individual consignments of PPE because "bitter experience over the last few weeks" has shown they cannot be relied upon, with some boxes containing the wrong items and thousands of pieces missing.

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Handmade signs in support of the NHS on Roman Road in east London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
An elderly woman wearing a face mask and using a walker on Westminster Bridge, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
An RAF Atlas, believed to be carrying a cargo of PPE is unloaded at Brize Norton, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
People ahead of boarding an RAF Chinook Helicopter from RAF Odiham that landed on the Stray in Harrogate, Yorkshire. It was carrying out operations in support of the NHS, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Volunteers take a break whilst preparing free hot meals for distibution during the coronavirus crisis in London, UK on April 22, 2020. 'Food For All' are a London based charity offering a free hot meal service to people in need in inner London throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Food is donated by New Covent Garden Market and wholesalers. They deliver meals to local distribution hubs, food banks and mutual aid groups. Today 3,000 meals are being prepared with capacity to deliver 20,000 per day. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Customers queue outside Copes Pharmacy in Streatham, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A commuter at Bank tube station in the City of London,UK on April 22, 2020. A virtual parliament has returned with most MP's working from home, the government has promised to increase testing to 100,000 a day by the end of the April, an increase of 82,000, as critisism of the governments handling of the pandemic mounts. (Photo by Claire Doherty/Sipa USA)
Banksy's Girl with a Pierced Eardrum mural has been given a face mask in a nod to the coronavirus pandemic, at Hanover Place in Bristol, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Artist Sam Bailey puts the finishing touches to a mural acknowledging the work being done by the NHS, emergency services and the fundraising exploits of Captain Tom Moore, at her home in Northampton as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A cyclist rides past a billboard reading 'please believe these days will pass' in Shoreditch, east London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Badger the Border Collie surrounded by bluebells at Shrawley Wood in Worcestershire, as sweltering temperatures are expected to hit the UK at the end of the week bringing the hottest April in almost a decade.
Two people sit on Worthing Beach in-between two Seagulls that are social distancing as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Gardens and Estates Operations Manager Graham Dillamore tends to wallflowers and tulips in the Pond Garden at Hampton Court Palace, in south west London, which has been temporarily closed while the UK remains in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
File photo dated 8/4/2020 of an image of Queen Elizabeth II and quotes from her broadcast on Sunday to the UK and the Commonwealth in relation to the coronavirus epidemic are displayed on lights in London's Piccadilly Circus. The Queen celebrates her 94th birthday on Tuesday.
A deserted and disassembled funfair in Southport, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A pheasant is surrounded by bluebells that cover a forest near Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire, as the UK enjoys warm temperatures.
One of artist Antony Gormley's "6 TIMES" statues in the Water of Leith, Edinburgh, as sweltering temperatures are expected to hit the UK at the end of the week bringing the hottest April in almost a decade.
Graffiti in Glasgow centre city as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
People queue for ice-cream on the Thames path near Hammersmith, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A car makes it's way past a sign in support of the NHS put up on the A30 near to Old Basing in Hampshire, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Mike Manders, 34, celebrates as he completes the postponed Hull 10k while dressed in a suit of armour using a treadmill in his front garden in Hull, whilst the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Number of washed face masks hang on a clothesline to dry during coronavirus crisis. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Signage advising cyclists dismount on Hammersmith Bridge, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A steward directs cars as coronavirus testing continues at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus testing continues at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A man and his dog get their daily exercise at Whitley Bay beach this morning as the UK continues in lockdown.
People take their daily exercise this morning at the colourful Blyth Beach huts in Northumberland, as the UK continues in lockdown.
Pebble sculptures in Whitley Bay beach on the North East coast, while people are taking their daily lockdown exercise they have kept adding pebble sculptures transforming the beach as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. PA Photo Owen Humphreys .
Ambulances parked up outside the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
An Iwo Jima inspired NHS Heroes Mural by artists Ricky Morrow and Dee Craig in the village of Glynn Co Antrim as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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"There's no doubt that at the moment, we have now got trusts that have definitely got shortages of gowns," he said.

Claudia Paoloni, president of the doctors' union HCSA, said: "Our NHS workers are going above and beyond on a daily basis to heal.

"They should expect at the very least adequate protection to keep them fit and well to engage in this fight. Yet instead they are being asked to sacrifice themselves due to the failings of others."

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association, said: "We made it clear weeks ago that we need to do something about the likelihood of a lack of protective equipment."

The NHS is thought to use around 150,000 gowns a day, meaning the stock from Turkey would last less than three days.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he was hopeful the gowns would still arrive, telling BBC One's Breakfast programme: "We are very hopeful that later today that flight will take off and we will get those gowns."

He said another 25 million gowns have also been procured from China.

Meanwhile, Downing Street hit back at a newspaper report that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his administration dragged their feet in the run-up to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Number 10 accused the Sunday Times of "falsehoods" and "errors" after the newspaper published a piece in which a Whitehall source claimed the government "missed the boat on testing and PPE".

On Sunday, Dr Harries said the UK risks a second wave of coronavirus deaths if social distancing warnings are not heeded.

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