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19 March 2020

Daily briefing with Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty, Patrick Vallance – 'ramping up testing' and UK can 'turn the tide' within 12 weeks


In his statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanks the country for its efforts and repeats existing guidance. He makes comments about the potential duration of the outbreak and measures to address it: 'I wanted to try to say something today about how I see the timescale of this campaign and where we’re going and what we need to do. I do think, looking at it all, that we can turn the tide within the next 12 weeks. And I am absolutely confident that we can send coronavirus packing in this country but only if we take the steps, we all take the steps we have outlined.' Boris Johnson describes negotiations to buy an antibody test, which 'has the potential to be a total game changer'. He announces 'ramping up daily testing from 5,000 a day to 10,000 to 25,000 and then up to 250,000'.


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