Matt Hancock sets goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by end of April

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Matt Hancock, who is chairing today's live Coronavirus press conference, says he has set a goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day by end of April.

The Health Secretary confirmed that the government's goal is to reach a 100,000-a-day target for both antigen tests, which show if you currently have COVID-19 – and antibody tests, which show if you have had it in the past.

The news comes after the government was criticised for not increasing the number of tests more quickly.

Speaking at the end of his seven days of quarantine after testing positive for the virus, Mr Hancock said: "I'm now setting the goal of 100,000 tests per day by the end of this month.

"That is the goal and I'm determined we'll get there."

The government's target by mid-April was to test 25,000 per day. On Tuesday, just over 10,650 people were tested in England - although there is capacity for 12,799 daily tests.

The number of people with the virus who have died in the UK has risen by 569.

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