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UK's Johnson under fire for low number of COVID-19 tests

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JILL LAWLESS Associated Press
Created: April 01, 2020 11:00 AM

LONDON (AP) - When Prime Minister Boris Johnson developed a cough and fever, he got a test for the new coronavirus. Most other Britons won’t be offered one.

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Johnson’s Conservative government is under fire for failing to keep its promise to increase the amount of testing being done for COVID-19, The U.K. initially performed about 5,000 tests a day, but the government promised to increase that number to 10,000 by the end of last week and to 25,000 by mid-April.

The target has not been met, with 8,630 tests carried out Monday.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick conceded “we do need to go further and we need to do that faster.” A total of 2,352 people with the virus in the U.K. have died.
 

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