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100,000 tests per day

From the BBC today 2nd April

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52140376

The government is aiming to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England by the end of April, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, as he announced a “five-pillar” testing plan. It comes as the government was criticised for not increasing the number of tests more quickly. Currently, there are around 10,000 tests being carried out a day.

The new target includes swab tests, which are already in use, and blood tests, which are yet to be launched. It was originally thought the target would be for the whole of the UK, but the government later issued a correction saying the goal will only be for England.

Speaking at the end of his seven days of quarantine after testing positive for the virus, Mr Hancock said 100,000 tests “is the goal and I’m determined we’ll get there”.

SO…..Follow this link through the month and see if he keeps his word!

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/full-list-covid-19-tests-per-day?country=GBR

However, the only country reputed to be doing 100,000 tests per day is USA, Italy is only doing 40,000 and South Korea is only doing about the same number as the UK, although it’s always help up as the shining example. So, 100,000 is probably a little bit of an exaggeration….or let’s say wishful thinking. I think a more realistic figure to aim for would be 50,000 and expect to get 40,000. – Richard