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Downing Street news update 2 April – 100,000 tests

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Downing Street news update 2 April – Live – coronavirus outbreak

Downing Street news update 2 April

Government aims for 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day by the end of April.  Rate of Covid-19 infection has been doubling every three to four days.

Matt Hancock reveals that the government has already bought 17.5m antibody tests that will allow people to see if they have had the virus.

However he says the order is “subject to them working”.

He says some of the tests have “not performed well” in early testing but ministers are hopeful this will improve.

Professor Stephen Powis National Medical Director NHS England

Prof John Newton National Medical Director NHS England

45 million pieces of equipment been shifted across the UK

Health Secretary Matt Hancock out of isolation and is hosting today’s news briefing. He outlined how the government hopes to achieve “a significant increase” in testing

Health officials say they are “frustrated” by a lack of progress in expanding UK coronavirus testing.

Prof Paul Cosford of Public Health England (PHE) said “everybody involved” is unhappy testing has not “got to the position yet that we need to get to”.

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