THE UK Government has hit its target to carry out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said 122,347 tests were performed in the 24 hours up to 9am.

However, the true number of people tested was just 73,191. And the UK Government's own figures show almost 39,000 of the tests were posted out to people but were yet to be processed.

The National:

Hancock said: “I knew that it was an audacious goal, but we needed an audacious goal, because testing is so important for getting Britain back on her feet.

“I can announce that we have met our goal. The number of tests yesterday, on the last day of April, was 122,347.

“This unprecedented expansion in British testing capability is an incredible achievement, but it is not my achievement, it is a national achievement.”

It comes as the Health Service Journal said the Department of Health and Social Care is now including tests that have been posted or delivered to people’s homes in its figures. 

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This means tests which are sent to people are counted before the recipient has provided and returned their sample to a laboratory.

When asked about the HSJ report at the daily Downing Street briefing, Hancock passed the question onto Professor John Newton.