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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3996, tabled on 5 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests were carried out on each day since 28 April; how many of those were retests each day; what were the reasons for retests being necessary; what assessment they have made of the impact of carrying out a retest before knowing the result of the original test on the reduction of COVID-19 cases; and what is their percentage target for the maximum number of retests from each set of daily tests.

Answered on

11 June 2020

The number of daily tests and number of people tested from 28 April to 7 May 2020 are shown in the following table.

Date

Daily number of tests

Daily number of people tested

28 April

52,429

33,455

29 April

81,611

33,455

30 April

122,347

73,191

1 May

105,937

63,667

2 May

76,496

56,397

3 May

85,186

62,956

4 May

84,806

69,839

5 May

69,463

57,006

6 May

86,583

65,092

7 May

97,029

67,443

Data on the number of re-tests are not recorded. Re-testing is undertaken according to the judgement of clinicians, based on the case by case circumstances and need presented to them. They may run tests more than once on an individual, if they feel it is appropriate. Therefore, targets have not been set for re-testing.