United Kingdom says accomplished target of 100000 coronavirus tests a day

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2020

As it scrambles to achieve its target of 100,000 Covid-19 home tests a day by the end of April, the United Kingdom government has revised the way it's counting the number that have been carried out, Health Service Journal (HSJ) reports.

Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, Mr Hancock justified his decision to set the 100,000 daily total, a commitment that reportedly angered some Government colleagues.

Figures from Public Health England yesterday, which now includes counts of all deaths where a positive test for COVID-19 has been confirmed, showed a rise - with 739 deaths in the last reported 24-hour, compared to 674 in the previous one.

But the 122,347 figure is said to include tests delivered to homes, hospitals and NHS centres, that may not have been used yet.

"This unprecedented expansion in British testing capability is an incredible achievement", he said. It helps remove the worry.

We're now counting a home test as tests which have been sent to people's homes.

Overall, a total of 1,206,405 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the United Kingdom since the beginning of April.

A mass testing programme to gauge the spread of the virus through the population is seen as key to any easing of the social distancing measures that have all but shut down the economy and forced millions to stay at home.

Since then the government has increased the number of drive-through test sites and rapidly expanded the number of people eligible to apply.

But political opponents immediately accused Hancock of manipulating the data.

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