Covid-19: R Rate and Lockdown Measures

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:36 pm on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 3:36 pm, 8th June 2020

My right hon. Friend is right to raise this matter, because testing turnaround speeds are very important, and they are improving. The answer is that we are intending increasingly to use the routes that have a 24-hour turnaround for the symptomatic testing, which needs that rapid response, and to use the routes that have a slower turnaround for asymptomatic testing, where the timing of the test is less important. That is the direction of travel, and we intend to solve the problem that he rightly highlights in that way.