Another 3,395 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed today, with 21 deaths.
It follows an increase of almost 4,000 cases yesterday, which was the highest number of cases since early May.
There is a strain on the testing system with many people seeking to get tested.
Yesterday Boris Johnson admitted the UK does not have the testing capacity to keep up with demand.
Speaking to the Commons Liason Committee, he said the short answer is ‘no we don’t’.
He added: ‘We don’t have enough testing capacity now because, in an ideal world, I would like to test absolutely everybody that wants a test immediately.’
He pledged to have reached 500,000 tests a day by the end of October – though Health Secretary Matt Hancock previously said this would happen within a week from now.
NHS Test and Trace chief Baroness Harding told MPs ‘it’s clear from today that demand is significantly outstripping the capacity we have’ to conduct coronavirus tests.
She told the Commons Science and Technology Committee that the latest capacity for diagnostic tests was 242,817.
Lady Harding said the number of people calling 119 and visiting the website to try to book tests was ‘three to four times the number of tests that we currently have available’ – although she said that would involve some double counting with people using different phone numbers.
But she said the number of symptomatic people – the only people who should be eligible for diagnostic tests – was ‘significantly lower’ than the number trying to get a swab.
She suggested around a quarter of those coming forward for a test did not have symptoms.
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