Matt Hancock faces MISSING 100,000-a-day testing target TODAY

Ministers have admitted they face missing Matt Hancock‘s coronavirus testing target today – as experts brand it a ‘red herring’ that has hampered the response. Amid criticism that the UK was lagging behind countries such as South Korea and Germany, the Health Secretary dramatically pledged on April 2 that 100,000 checks a day would be carried … Read more Matt Hancock faces MISSING 100,000-a-day testing target TODAY

Coronavirus testing figures are still only HALF the 100,000 daily target set by Matt Hancock

Coronavirus testing figures are still only HALF the 100,000 daily target set by Matt Hancock – despite a huge expansion of the eligibility criteria There were only 52,429 virus tests on Tuesday, missing the target by nearly half  Matt Hancock’s testing plan was criticised as a ‘red herring’ by hospital leaders The eligibility criteria now … Read more Coronavirus testing figures are still only HALF the 100,000 daily target set by Matt Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock does not know how many contact tracers have already been hired

The Health Secretary last week announced that some 18,000 staff will be put in place as part of the mass-testing scheme Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night admitted that Britain may not hire its ‘army’ of 18,000 contact tracers until mid-May.   Ministers last week announced a three-step battle plan to ease the UK out of lockdown, which … Read more Health Secretary Matt Hancock does not know how many contact tracers have already been hired

Scramble for coronavirus home-testing kits after screening is expanded

Home coronavirus test kits ran out online again in 80 minutes this morning after the Government said everyone over 65 can now get a test if they suffer symptoms.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said anyone who has to leave home to work will be eligible for a test amid a rush to hit his 100,000 … Read more Scramble for coronavirus home-testing kits after screening is expanded

Matt Hancock dismisses speculation some parts of the UK could see lockdown eased before others

Health Secretary Matt Hancock dismisses speculation that some parts of the UK could see lockdown eased before others and insists ‘we’re all in this together’ Matt Hancock snubbed idea that some regions could have lockdown eased first He said that any easing of restrictions would be the same in all parts of the UK  Different … Read more Matt Hancock dismisses speculation some parts of the UK could see lockdown eased before others

Mother who asked question at Downing Street briefing says Matt Hancock ‘evaded’ her question

The mother who sought assurances for her son with cystic fibrosis at yesterday’s Downing Street press conference has said Matt Hancock ‘evaded’ her question. Sadie Stainfield, 35, from Northampton, was the first non-journalist in the country to ask a question to a minister via video at the daily coronavirus briefings. The single parent, who works … Read more Mother who asked question at Downing Street briefing says Matt Hancock ‘evaded’ her question

Coronavirus UK: Is government altering lockdown ‘five tests’?

Ministers today faced accusations of watering down the criteria required for lifting the lockdown, fanning speculation of an imminent loosening of restrictions. A subtle change in wording of one of the ‘five tests’ raised eyebrows as it suggested the government will only hold back from relaxing social distancing if a second wave of coronavirus threatened … Read more Coronavirus UK: Is government altering lockdown ‘five tests’?

Matt Hancock announces expansion of coronavirus testing regime

Matt Hancock today announced coronavirus testing eligibility is being extended to include all over-65s and workers who cannot work from home – but only if they have symptoms.  All asymptomatic staff and patients at hospitals and care homes will also now be able to get checked.  The Health Secretary said opening up the testing regime … Read more Matt Hancock announces expansion of coronavirus testing regime

Coronavirus UK: Matt Hancock makes £100 bet over test target

Matt Hancock has agreed to £100 bet with LBC presenter Nick Ferrari that the UK will meet its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month – despite not even being halfway yet. The charitable bet adds pressure onto the Health Secretary to fulfil the 100,000 tests per day he … Read more Coronavirus UK: Matt Hancock makes £100 bet over test target

Coronavirus UK: Government taken to task for PPE failure

A BBC documentary last night claimed ministers counted every glove individually instead of in pairs to boast of delivering one billion bits of PPE to NHS staff frontline in their fight against the coronavirus – as yet another minister suffered a shambolic round of interviews today. The Panorama investigation said Number 10 had failed to … Read more Coronavirus UK: Government taken to task for PPE failure