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UK death toll reaches 27,510 as Govt claims testing target reached

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The UK death toll from coronavirus has now reached 27,510, an increase of 739 on the previous day. As of 9am on 1 May, there have been 1,023,824 tests, with 122,347 tests on 30 April.762,279 people have been tested, of whom 177,454 have tested positive.

While just a couple of days ago it was becoming apparent that Government would not reach its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April, Health Secretary Matt Hancock turned the tables and announced that the authorities had indeed succeeded. He noted that he “unprecedented” expansion in testing capability was an “incredible achievement”.

Prof Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director also addressed today’s briefing and remarked that “The numbers vary from day to day but overall the number of deaths is beginning to trend downwards.

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However, the Labour Opposition is questioning this sudden increase, insisting that  such figures figures include home test kits which may not have been processed. Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “Many would have expected the 100,000 promise to have been met by actually carrying out testing, not simply because 39,000 kits had been mailed out.

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