Coronavirus: Tony Blair sees no end to lockdown without mass testing – as he calls UK response ‘slow’

Boris Johnson’s government was “probably slow” in its early response to the coronavirus, Tony Blair has said.

The former prime minister also told Sky News that he “can’t see any way out” of the COVID-19 lockdown without mass testing of the public.

It comes as his Tony Blair Foundation for Global Change laid out a possible exit plan for easing the coronavirus restrictions brought in last month.

Mr Blair, who was in office from 1997 to 2007, said the coronavirus outbreak was the “most complicated and difficult challenge I have ever seen in politics”.

And he said his intention in publishing a possible exit strategy was done in the spirit of offering “constructive advice” to Mr Johnson.

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