Thursday 2 April 2020 / 8:15 PM Coronavirus / Jonathan Ashworth

Ashworth responds to government commitment on coronavirus testing, calls for National Testing Strategy

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to the government’s latest commitment on coronavirus testing, said:

“A commitment to 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month is welcome, but NHS staff will recall that only a few weeks ago Boris Johnson was promising 250,000 a day.

“We look forward to seeing the details of how this commitment will be delivered, especially for NHS and care staff for whom this is now a pressing and urgent priority.

“It has taken us weeks to get to 10,000 tests today, and we still have no details of what proportion of this 100,000 will be PCR tests or antibody tests.

“As public health experts have repeatedly highlighted, reintroducing community testing and contact tracing will be vital to end cycles of lockdown and we repeat our calls for a clear National Testing Strategy.”