UK coronavirus live: Jeremy Hunt calls for mass testing to shorten lockdown

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All the day’s developments in the UK Covid-19 crisis

Good morning,

Welcome to our UK-focused coronavirus news live blog. We’ll bring you developments as they happen after the UK recorded the highest single-day increase in deaths yesterday since the Covid outbreak began.

Where you find it, you can isolate and contain it. And where you don’t, vital services continue to function.

With mass testing, accompanied by rigorous tracing of every person a Covid-19 patient has been in touch with, you can break the chain of transmission.

We’re going to move to get that up to 25,000 a day and we’re doing all that we can to increase and to accelerate that, and I hope that we will be able to test as many frontline workers at the earliest possible stage.

We’ve been working, as I say, with scientists, with the big players in providing medical supplies and drugs, like Boots, and others, in order to increase the number of tests that we have.

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