Labour demands National Testing Strategy – Jonathan Ashworth responds to government press conference

Labour repeats calls for a clear National Testing Strategy

Following the latest daily press conference in which the government failed to set out how it will scale up coronavirus testing to the levels needed, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP has called for a National Testing Strategy, community testing and contact tracing to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

Speaking after the government press conference, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP said:

“We still don’t have the clarity we need from Ministers on how they plan to rapidly scale up testing to the levels needed.

“Many are asking why we’re still not doing 10,000 tests a day when countries like Germany have increased testing by huge volumes.

“Expert after expert have called on Ministers to re-introduce community testing and contact tracing to break the chains of transmission. We’re calling on the Prime Minister to urgently publish a clear National Testing Strategy.”

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