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7 February 2020

PHE announces roll-out of COVID-19 diagnostic testing to 12 labs across the UK

Introduced by

Public Health England

Targeted at

Not applicable


Announced on 7 February 2020. Starting on Monday 10 February

Stated aims

To accelerate testing capacity


This is the announcement that diagnostic testing is being rolled out from Public Health England's (PHE's) laboratory in London to 12 laboratories across the UK. The increase in diagnostic capacity increases testing capacity to more than 1,000 people a day for England.


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