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Number of coronavirus tests now well below previous 100k target

The number of daily coronavirus tests completed by the government is now well below Matt Hancock’s previous target of 100,000 a day by the end of April.

Figures released by the government today show that, on 11th May, only 60,410 people were tested for the disease, while 85,293 tests were conducted overall.

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Thanks to a last minute change in how tests are recorded, Hancock claimed that we had conducted over 120,000 tests on 30th April. The 100,000 target was also met on 1st May, but was missed for eight consecutive days after that.

Indeed, the Health Secretary caused a backlash for changing the rules by saying that tests sent out in the post could be counted as “completed”.

The government has now pledged to produce the “capacity” for 200,000 tests by the end of this month, in an effort to “control” the spread of coronavirus while lockdown measures are eased.

However, nearly halfway through May, it seems the figures are going in the wrong direction.

At the weekend, Boris Johnson pledged that we would develop a “world leading” test and trace programme. Currently, it’s amateurish at best.