6 May 2020

Virus deaths exceed 30,000 as tests target missed again

Political Editor

Even using the government’s own official figures, more than 30,000 people in the UK have now died with coronavirus – while yet again the number of tests carried out has dropped – yesterday it was just under 70,000, well below the government’s target.

At Prime Minister’s questions – facing Sir Keir Starmer for the first time as Labour leader – Boris Johnson said he “bitterly regretted” the epidemic in care homes – insisting a “huge effort” was being made to get them the right PPE.