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Number of coronavirus tests hits new low

The number of coronavirus tests carried out yesterday (Sunday) was the lowest since the new drive began, it has emerged.

Just 2729 tests took place, despite there now being capacity for 15,000 per day in Scotland.

The Scottish Government began publishing capacity targets and testing numbers daily on April 30, with Nicola Sturgeon claiming she wanted to carry out 10,000 per day.

But combined totals show there has been no serious improvement, with the number taking place yesterday 42 per cent lower than the previous Sunday.

All over Scotland care homes have said their staff and residents need more testing, yet the SNP government has repeatedly failed to take these tests to the place which need them.

And today, Cancer Research UK said patients and staff would need 3000 tests a day in order for cancer treatment services to resume safely.

Already, unused tests account for more than 200,000 north of the border, a record the Scottish Conservatives have repeatedly attacked.

The 2729 tests taking place on Sunday included both Scottish and UK Government facilities.

Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said:

“For weeks now the SNP government has been told to carry out more tests to help Scotland beat this virus.

“But instead, the number has now plummeted to the lowest since this new drive began.

“That’s alarming and points to huge failings on testing at the hands of this SNP government.

“It was clear weeks ago that the SNP couldn’t just stand and wait for people to come to them, and it had to get out and take these tests to those who need it most.

“That hasn’t happened, and there’s been no explanation as to why.

“If the SNP doesn’t get its house in order in terms of testing, more people will die and Scotland’s move out of lockdown will be put in jeopardy.”

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Notes to editors:

 

The number of combined daily tests are below:

 

 

Apr 30 - 4661

May 1 – 5313

May 2 - 3720

May 3 - 3501

May 4 - 3923

May 5 - 4683

May 6 - 5079

May 7 - 4732

May 8 - 4397

May 9 - 3792

May 10 - 3584

May 11 - 4083

May 12 - 5108

May 13 - 5829

May 14 - 5213

May 15 - 6519

May 16 - 4721

May 17 - 3475

May 18 - 4559

May 19 - 6352

May 20 - 6518

May 21 - 5742

May 22 - 5406

May 23 - 4111

May 24 - 4742

May 25 - 4425

May 26 - 5178

May 27 - 5020

May 28 - 5472

May 29 - 4325

May 30 - 3229

May 31 - 2729

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