The UK government had aimed to reach 100,000 Coronavirus tests per day by the end of April. That figure was smashed as the total amount of 122,347 was announced by Matt Hancock.
At the daily Downing Street briefing, the health secretary suggested the target had had a “galvanising effect” towards increasing testing capacity in the UK.
He added that the testing capacity built would “help every single person in this country”, and stressed that testing would “help us to unlock the lockdown”.
Mr Hancock said the teams who increased the capacity, had “joined in one of the greatest national mobilisations we’ve seen”.