UK promises to send 25,000 home test kits a day by end of week


The Health Secretary has promised 25,000 coronavirus home test kits will be dispatched every day from the end of the week.

Speaking at today’s Downing Street press conference Matt Hancock said the country is ‘ramping up’ its capacity to meet the Government’s goal of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month. He added: ‘We’re continuously opening new drive-through centres, there are now 41 with 48 going live this week.

‘For people who can’t get to the tests, we’re expanding home testing to bring the tests to them. We’re increasing the dispatch of home test kits from 5,000 per day last Friday, to 25,000 a day by the end of the week.

‘At the weekend, 17 mobile testing units manned by the army were operational. By the end of the week, we plan to have over 70 deployed with trained crews right across the country. All of this has led to an increase in daily testing capacity, which now stands at 73,400 – and this has allowed us progressively to expand access to testing.’