The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged on Wednesday during the House of Commons PMQs, to reach 200,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of May.
Johnson said during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), “capacity currently exceeds demand” and he is taking steps to address this.
Johnson said his “ambition” is to reach “200,000 test by the end of this months, and then go even higher.”
He confirmed to the Commons that he will be setting out plans to lift the lockdown on Sunday, and he hopes to “get going on some of these measures on Monday.”
He said, “I just want to explain to the House as a courtesy for why it’s happening on Sunday because I’m sure you would be interested in that.
“The reason in that is very simple. We have to be sure that the data is going to support our ability to do this and that data is coming continuously over the next few days.
“We want to get going with some of these measures on Monday and I think it will be a good thing Mr Speaker if people have an idea of what’s going on the following day.
“That’s why I think Sunday is the best time to do it.
“But of course the house will be fully informed and will have the full opportunity to interrogate myself and the government.”
In his first PMQs since recovering from coronavirus, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer congratulated Johnson over the birth of his baby son, and his recovery from the virus.
The Prime Minister said he is waiting until Sunday to announce the governments plans over easing the current lockdown measures, as that’s when more data is available.
Johnson warned that it would it “would be an economic disaster” to relax the lockdown in a manner that leads to a second wave in coronavirus cases.