The NHS will restart some vital services, including cancer care, from Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said, as he admitted the Government has a “lot of work” to do to hit its 100,000 a day testing target.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street press briefing, Mr Hancock also announced a life assurance scheme to pay £60,000 to the families of those frontline NHS and social care workers who have died in the course of their duties.
It comes as England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said the coronavirus epidemic in the UK still has a “very long way to run” and there was “no perfect solution” to easing the lockdown, adding there were “difficult choices” to be made.
Some 29,058 tests had been carried out in England, Scotland and Wales in the 24 hours up to 9am on Saturday, according to the latest figures, suggesting the Government is way off its 100,000 a day target set for this Thursday.
Hancock said the Government was “broadly where we expected to be” in terms of testing capacity but admitted there was a lot of work to do to hit the 100,000 a day goal.
He added: “It is important to note that we have already gone past the number of tests, per day, for instance, that they carry out in South Korea.
“We are approaching the levels that Germany undertakes.”