“I recognise that there have only been a handful of days when more than 100,000 people have gone for that test”

Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, BBC Breakfast

May 19, 2020

Facts

On 19th May 2020, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, told BBC breakfast that: “there have only been a handful of days when more than 100,000 people have gone for that test”.

At the time of Coffey’s remark, the UK had not reached that target on a single day, government figures showed. 

Verdict

Under an appearance of honesty, Therese Coffey managed to plant a misleading suggestion that testing had reached a level it had never achieved.

We contacted Therese Coffey’s office but received no response. 

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