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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 30159, tabled on 16 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 testing kits his Department currently has in stock.

Answered on

6 April 2020

United Kingdom supplies are adequate for projected domestic needs. The National Health Service will be given all the resources it needs to deal with this outbreak.

We plan to increase testing to 10,000 a day (up from 5,000 a day). Within four weeks, Public Health England and the NHS expect to be conducting 25,000 tests a day – and we will continue to increase testing capacity.