LONDON – COVID testing pledge under fire

The government’s promised to conduct 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England by the end of April, has come under fire over the lack of clarity and detail about how it will be reached.

The new target includes swab tests, which are already in use, and blood tests, which are yet to be tested, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Thursday (2 April).

Despite repeated promises by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that testing for coronavirus will be rapidly increased only around 10,000 tests are being carried out per day, and the government is under increasing pressure to explain how and when it expects the lockdown to end.  Only 163,194 people in the UK have so far been tested for the virus. (Benjamin Fox |

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