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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 91647, tabled on 17 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase covid-19 testing capacity.

Answered on

13 January 2021

We are increasing our testing capacity, both through current swab testing and new, rapid lateral flow tests to cut the spread of COVID-19 nationwide.

The United Kingdom’s daily testing capacity passed the 500,000 on 31 October. Testing capacity in the UK across all pillars between 29 October and 4 November was at 4,367,049 tests - an increase of 21% compared to the previous week.

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