Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to increase laboratory capacity in the covid-19 antigen testing system.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We have built the largest diagnostic testing industry in British history at pace, from scratch. We are scaling up our testing capacity even further to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. We are augmenting the existing diagnostic network with additional laboratories and adding capacity this month and throughout the autumn.

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