Papers call on government to improve coronavirus testing

Deficiencies in the UK’s testing for coronavirus is the main theme on the front pages on Thursday.

The Daily Telegraph leads on the questions being asked about why Britain lags behind other countries on rates of coronavirus testing.

The Daily Mirror says it’s a “shambles” that only 0.16% of NHS staff have been tested for coronavirus, a theme also taken up by the Daily Mail.

Thei says NHS staff have been “let down on testing”, while The Times says virus testing plans are “in chaos”.

The Independent also highlights the testing issue and the Daily Star also joins in, calling on Boris Johnson to “get a bleedin’ grip” on the problem.

And Metro illustrates the contrast between the “sublime” effort to prepare the Nightingale Hospital and the “ridiculous” situation of frontline NHS workers still being short of vital protective equipment.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 patients who are more likely to die “may have ventilators taken away”, according to The Guardian.

The Sun highlights the “clap of honour” tonight and every Thursday night for NHS workers.

The Financial Times leads on unemployment rates skyrocketing due to the outbreak.

And the Daily Express calls for banks to repay favours from their 2008 bailout by coming to the aid of taxpayers in the current crisis.