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|6 Aug 2020, 12:26 p.m.||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)||Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)|
Question to the Department of Health and Social Care
To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) plans, and (2) preparations, they are making for any second wave of COVID-19.
Answer (Lord Bethell)
The Government has now developed testing capacity to around 300,000 tests per day across in preparation for any second wave. We will constantly monitor demand, including anticipating winter pressures, and scale up the contact tracing workforce if needed.
We are also planning for the next phase of testing: ensuring our testing is as effective as possible in containing the virus, and building resilience for the long-term, especially ahead of winter. We plan further increases through the summer and into the autumn through a combination of improvements to existing labs and new partnerships. Increasing our testing capacity will further support the NHS Test and Trace system by allowing widespread testing of those suspected to be infected with COVID-19 and their contacts and enable the deployment of additional testing capacity to respond to local outbreaks.