“We’re up to 500,000 tests a day”

Laura Trott, BBC Politics

November 1, 2020

Facts

Conservative MP Laura Trott said “We’re up to 500,000 tests a day”. 

While labs had a maximum capacity for 519,770 tests on the day of Laura Trott's claim, the actual number of tests processed was only 270,473, as BBC Reality Check quickly established.

Verdict

Laura Trott’s claim was misleading. It was the latest in a series of misleading statements made by Tory MPs and ministers about Covid testing. 

Though not the most serious, this was one of a long series of misleading statements by ministers about Covid testing data. Examples can be found hereherehereherehereherehereherehere and here.

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