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Covid-19: Critical Care Capacity - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:27 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 3:27 pm, 23rd March 2020

My noble friend Lord O’Shaughnessy asks entirely reasonable questions, and he is quite right to press me for numbers. The tests we are talking about for this virus are new—some of them are only a few weeks old. It requires the tests to be tested to ensure that they are delivering accurate results, and for that reason it is difficult to commit to the kinds of numbers my noble friend searches for. However, it is very much the Prime Minister’s desire to have testing as a central part in our battle against the virus, and that is why we are putting enormous resources into it.