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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 178984, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department’s announcement on 5 April 2021 that everyone in England will be able to access free, regular rapid coronavirus testing from 9 April 2021, what recent estimate he has made of the number of tests that will be administered on a weekly basis.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

26 April 2021

The eligible population for testing is now above 50 million. Supply and demand forecasting is updated on a daily basis, including estimates of lateral flow tests administered, currently modelled at around 35 to 45 million tests per week in England.

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