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Coronavirus Daily: Government reaches target for testing as Norfolk passes 1,500 in total positive cases

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the government managed on Thursday to deliver its 100,000 target it set itself on daily coronavirus tests.

But the 122,347 figure is said to include tests delivered to homes, hospitals and NHS centres, that may not have been used yet.

Mr Hancock said at the Friday daily meeting: "At the beginning of last month at this podium I set a goal, that anyone that needs a test should get a test.

Testing has now reached its 100,000 daily target, the government has said.
Testing has now reached its 100,000 daily target, the government has said.

"I knew that it was an audacious goal, but we needed an audacious goal because testing is so important for getting Britain back on her feet."

Figures from Public Health England yesterday, which now includes counts of all deaths where a positive test for COVID-19 has been confirmed, showed a rise - with 739 deaths in the last reported 24-hour, compared to 674 in the previous one.

There has also been a rise in daily confirmed cases - 6,201 - but this is believed to be due to more testing now taking place.

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary (34237615)
Matt Hancock, Health Secretary (34237615)

Norfolk now has had a total of 1,524 confirmed cases so far, a rise of 43 cases in the 24-hour period and Suffolk had an extra 19 cases, taking its total to 1,027.

The total number of laboratory confirmed cases of the virus in the UK so far stands at 177,454.

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