On 1 April, April Fools Day, the Government revealed that only 2,000 of the half a million NHS frontline staff had been tested for the virus.
On 3 April, after only four weeks that the UK recorded its first death from the coronavirus on 2 March, the number of UK deaths surpass the reported total in China, the country where the pandemic started.
On 5 April it was revealed that the 17.5 million antibody tests that the UK government had ordered from China, though described as ‘game changer’ by Boris Johnson, were found to be useless as they only work on people who have been severely ill.
On 5 April the FA announced the continuation of an indefinite suspension of all league football.
Johnson admitted to hospital
After being admitted to hospital on 5 April, Boris Johnson is moved to intensive care on 7 April: he is discharged a week later. There is a great deal of suspicion that the severity of his illness had been hidden from the public.
On 16 April it was reported that at least 105,000 passengers a week are flying into the UK without screening checks on their medical condition or quarantine requirements. Even more worrying, these flights include people from countries with serious coronavirus outbreaks such as the US, China, Spain and Italy.
On 16 April Dominic Raab outlined the following five conditions that must be met before lockdown restrictions can be lifted:
1. That the NHS can cope
2. That there is a ‘sustained and consistent’ decrease in daily deaths
3. There needs to be reliable data from SAGE that the rate of infection is decreasing to ‘manageable levels’
4. The supply of tests and PPE can meet future demand
5. To be confident that any changes will not risk a second peak in the virus
Around 22 April Labour MP Chris Bryant accused the Government of a cover-up over its failure to join the EU scheme to procure PPE having now missed four opportunities to join. This was the day after Foreign Office’s permanent secretary, Sir Simon McDonald, told MPs that ministers had taken a political decision not to join the scheme. A spokesperson for the European Commission commented that the UK had been given “ample opportunity” to join the EU scheme bulk-buying masks, gowns, gloves and goggles, seemingly supporting the implication that it had been a political decision.
On 22 April the head of the World Meteorological Organisation said that the pandemic is expected to drive down carbon dioxide emissions by six percent this year in what would be the biggest yearly drop since World War II.
On 24 April the plan announced by the UK Government to provide testing kits for 10 million key workers falls short when the website where tests can be booked closed after a few hours having booked in only 5,000 tests.
On 27 April the delusional Boris Johnson said the UK is seeing “apparent success” in the fight against coronavirus, despite the fact that, at this stage, there had been over 21,000 deaths in hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19. However, these figures did not include thousands of deaths in care homes and the true figures would have painted a significantly worse picture. A projection by the Financial Times suggested the UK’s death toll could be over 40,000.
Johnson said, “There will be many people looking now at our apparent success and beginning to wonder whether now is the time to go easy on those social distancing measures.” He added: “If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger, which I can tell you from personal experience it is, then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor.” At this point the UK had the third highest deaths from the virus in the world.