Boris Johnson pledges 200,000 tests a day by end of May despite falling behind previous target
- Credit: PA
Boris Johnson has pledged to reach 200,000 tests a day for coronavirus by the end of May despite falling behind the previous target.
The government had announced it had hit 100,000 tests on Friday on the last day of April, but has fallen behind that target ever since.
A total of 85,186 tests were carried out on Sunday while 76,496 were done on Saturday.
Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, responding to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Johnson said 'capacity currently exceeds demand' but planned to address that.
He then said that his 'ambition' was 200,000 tests a day 'by the end of the month' before adding he hopes to go 'even higher'.
You may also want to watch:
He said: 'Capacity current exceeds demand.
'We're working on that, we're running at about 100,000 a day.
- 1 Betty Boothroyd delivers scathing assessment of Boris Johnson's government
- 2 House of Lords defies No 10 and votes to heavily defeat Boris Johnson's Brexit bill
- 3 Boris Johnson 'plans to resign' in six months because he can't live on £150k salary
- 4 ERG MP says Boris Johnson should consider cutting ties with Church of England following Brexit row
- 5 Labour MP calls Dan Wootton a 'complete and utter nutcase' following Covid-19 herd immunity comment
- 6 Government told to publish impact assessments for Boris Johnson's 'Narnia' deal with EU
- 7 Diane Abbott accuses Keir Starmer of having 'other motives' while shadow Brexit secretary
- 8 Theresa May brands Michael Gove's no-deal Brexit statement 'utter rubbish'
- 9 Brexiteer admits 'Australia-style deal' term designed to 'pull wool over voters' eyes'
- 10 Remainers blamed for Boris Johnson's inability to secure Brexit deal
'But the ambition clearly is to get up to 200,000 a day by the end of this month and then to go even higher.'
Starmer welcomed the new target, telling his Conservative counterpart, but he warned a target is not enough.
He said: 'I'm glad the prime minister has now said that the target now is 200,000 tests a day by the end of this month.
'But of course just having a target isn't a strategy.'
In the middle of March the prime minister previously pledged 250,000 tests a day as an overall goal, after it was revealed Germany was conducting 500,000 a week, before the UK appeared to abandon a testing and contact tracing strategy as the virus started to quickly spread.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.