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Covid-19: UK government calls on industry to help boost testing capacity to 25 000 people a day

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 19 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1118

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

As many as 25 000 people a day will be tested for covid-19 in NHS hospitals within weeks in a push to increase capacity, the government has said.

The announcement followed a meeting at Downing Street on 17 March, in which the prime minister and the health secretary told industry leaders that they would be given whatever support they needed to help the government boost testing capabilities throughout the country as quickly as possible.

The government’s focus will remain on testing the highest priority cases first—namely, patients in intensive care units and those with severe respiratory illness. Ministers said that officials were …

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