Thursday, April 2, latest;
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government is aiming to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England by the end of April, as he announced a “five-pillar” testing plan.
The plan includes:
- Swab tests – to check if people already have the virus – in labs run by Public Health England
- Using commercial partners such as universities and private businesses like Amazon and Boots to do more swab testing
- Introducing antibody blood tests to check whether people have had the virus
- Surveillance to determine the rate of infection and how it is spreading across the country
- Building a British diagnostics industry, with help from pharmaceutical giants
Hancock spoke at the end of his seven days of quarantine after testing positive for the virus, as the government have come under increasing pressure for not increasing the number of tests more quickly, with around 10,000 tests being carried out a day.