June 24, 2020 / 4:45 PM / 18 days ago

WHO says UK coronavirus testing system is 'capable'

The headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) are pictured during the World Health Assembly (WHA) following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - Britain’s coronavirus testing programme could help to give a picture of how the virus spread of the virus in the country, Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) emergencies programme, said on Wednesday.

“Testing in the UK has increased, the surveillance system is capable of understanding where the UK is,” he told a news briefing, adding that many countries including Britain had “fought hard” and were making a “steady” exit from lockdown.

“The UK is taking a stepwise approach, the UK is listening to the science,” Ryan said.

Reporting by Emma Farge and John Miller; Writing by Kevin Liffey; Editing by Gareth Jones

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