Pressure on Johnson as UK’s daily Covid testing target missed again

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Pressure on Johnson as UK’s daily Covid testing target missed again




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Prime minister new target of capacity of 200,000 tests a day was immediately dismissed by critics

Matt Hancock’s claim to have triumphed in meeting his goal of 100,000 tests a day appears in serious doubt after the government failed for the fourth time in a row to hit the target they believe is crucial for exiting the lockdown.

The government’s announcement of the latest figure came after Boris Johnson set out a new target of capacity for 200,000 tests a day by the end of May – a goal immediately dismissed by medics and opposition figures as a stunt to distract from Wednesday’s shortfall, with just 69,463 tests carried out or posted to recipients. With some doubles, those tests were provided to a total of 57,006 people.

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