Coronavirus: PM blames 'colossal spike' in demand for test problems

Coronavirus: PM blames 'colossal spike' in demand for test problems

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended the coronavirus testing system, saying it is trying to meet a "colossal spike" in demand. It comes as the government said it was drawing up a list setting out who will be prioritised for tests. Care home residents and staff are likely to be near the top of the list, as Mr Johnson acknowledged ministers were concerned about infection rates. The PM told MPs a new "action plan" for care homes will be released this week. Earlier, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said schools could be considered for priority testing. On Wednesday, coronavirus cases in the UK increased by 3,991, taking the total to 378,219, according to figures from the government. A further 20 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19. This brings the UK death total by this criteria to 41,684. • All you need to know about testing • UK coronavirus cases up by 3,105 on Tuesday • Not enough tests for five months, study predicts Mr Johnson said 89% of those who have in-person tests get them the next day. He told Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday: "I think most people looking at the record of this country in delivering tests across this nation will see that it actually compares extremely well with any other European country." The PM had promised that all in-person test results would be back within 24 hours by the end of June. He acknowledged the frustration around the demand for tests, but said capacity was being ...
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