Hospital Tests All Patients For Covid-19, Even If They Don't Have Symptoms

It comes as the government faces the steep challenge of trebling its daily testing figures by Thursday to hit the 100,000-a-day target set by Matt Hancock at the start of April. HuffPost UK has learnt that another hospital in Cambridgeshire has begun testing asymptomatic outpatients due for elective surgery – weeks before their admission date. Although some in government are confident that extra private sector lab capacity will mean the target can be hit in theory, there is a big push to ensure 100,000 people per day are actually swabbed. Massively increased testing would pave the way for a “test, track and trace” strategy – used successfully in countries like South Korea – to keep coronavirus suppressed once the government is sure that its lockdown has done enough to prevent a second wave of the disease.