UK ministers struggle to keep promise of 100k coronavirus tests by end of April

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Frustrated NHS staff and scientists say they have labs ready but cannot get the materials

The UK government’s pledge to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month is unravelling, with NHS laboratory staff and scientists warning they do not have the test kits, chemicals and components they need to scale up.

Boris Johnson is personally calling the major companies that make test kits to try to secure the UK supply, it has emerged, in competition with prime ministers and presidents from around the world.

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