Fall in number of daily tests being carried out in UK

The number of daily tests being carried out for coronavirus in the UK has fallen to below 80,000, new figures show.

Statistics published by the Government on Sunday indicate that a total of 76,496 were carried out in the 24 hours up to 9am on May 3.

On Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that the Government's target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of April had been achieved, with more than 122,000 tests having been provided on the last day of the month.

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Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 26, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser Domonic Cummings said yesterday he acted "reasonably and legally" despite mounting pressure on him to resign for allegedly breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/05/25: A man sunbathes in London on a very hot and sunny day. The UK government has started to ease the coronavirus lockdown allowing people to spend more time outdoors. (Photo by Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
CILFYNYDD, WALES - MAY 26: A general view of a car sales showroom which is currently closed for business on May 26, 2020 in Blackwood, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Social Distancing measures are seen on a Bakerloo line tube train on May 24 2020 in London, England. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
Team GB taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad trains at his home in Walthamstow, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Paul Childs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Young Westminster Foundation (YWF), a charity that supports young people in the Westminster Borough, unveil their new and original digital artwork by the graffiti artist STIK on the Piccadilly Lights screen, at Piccadilly Circus, central London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/05/24: A view of a coronavirus awareness mural and a tribute to NHS workers drawn on a wall during the coronavirus crisis. (Photo by Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 24, 2020 - Coronavirus: pavement stickers indicating the correct social distancing whilst queuing- PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 25: A surfer in the water at Sandy Bay on May 25, 2020 in Porthcawl, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings arrives home on May 24, 2020 in London, England. On March 31st 2020 Downing Street confirmed to journalists that Dominic Cummings was self-isolating with COVID-19 symptoms at his home in North London. Durham police have confirmed that he was actually hundreds of miles away at his parent's house in the city. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
A police officer talks to a protester outside the north London home of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings , as lockdown questions continue to bombard the Government after it emerged that he travelled to his parents' home despite coronavirus-related restrictions. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mounted police patrol Barry Island, Wales, where the stay at home message is still in force and only essential travel is allowed. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
A Long Eaton (Derbyshire) resident and NHS worker presents a Tribute and Memorial to the dedicated members of the NHS and Social Care family who gave their lives during the fight against COVID-19. (Photo by Scott Wilson/PA Images via Getty Images)
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Team GB Olympic Trap Shooter Augusta Campos-Martyn trains at her home on May 24, 2020 in Salisbury, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
A man feeds a swan in Hyde Park, London, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
People sit in their vehicles as they wait at a KFC in Killingworth North Tyneside, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIGBURY-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 23: An NHS heart is drawn in the sand at Bigbury Beach on May 23, 2020 in Bigbury-on-Sea, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
BIGBURY-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Kitesurfers enjoy the windy conditions at Bigbury Beach on May 23, 2020 in Bigbury-on-Sea, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
A woman sits alone on a bench under a tree at the top of Cissbury Ring, Worthing, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Two women walk through a heavy rain shower in St James's Park in central London, on the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend, as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased.
A view of a near empty beach in Brighton as the hot weather cools following scenes of people flocking to parks and beaches this week as lockdown measures were eased.
Shoppers wearing protective masks in a farmers market in West Ealing, London during the coronavirus crisis. Photo date: Saturday, May 23, 2020. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People sit in their vehicles as they wait at a KFC in Killingworth North Tyneside, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Kitesurfer and windsurfers in Bowleaze Cove in distance in Weymouth, Dorset
Surfers in Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth, Dorset
Member of the public taking a walk along the seafront in Swanage, Dorset
Painted stones in support of the NHS in Swanage, Dorset
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21, 2020: Paramedics and local residents clap their hands outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the weekly 'Clap for our Carers' applause for the NHS and key workers on the front line of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as the UK's nationwide lockdown continues for the ninth week on 21 May, 2020 in London, England.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21, 2020: Nurses clap their hands outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the weekly 'Clap for our Carers' applause for the NHS and key workers on the front line of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic as the UK's nationwide lockdown continues for the ninth week on 21 May, 2020 in London, England.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Members of the public participate in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on May 21, 2020. - The British government on on May 21 announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)
Members of the public participate in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London on May 21, 2020. - The British government on on May 21 announced that foreign care workers would be exempt from a charge imposed on migrants to fund the health service, after an outcry sparked by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) (Photo by NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff outside Abbeydale Court Care Home in Hamilton clapping to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
An Irish dancer performs outside the Belfast City Hospital in south Belfast, during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Swimmers in the Serpentine in Hyde Park on May 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. This week temperatures reached 28 degrees celsius in the UK, as many people enjoy the sunshine despite lockdown still being in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Workers unload a shipment of 120,000 surgical coveralls from China for the protection of NHS workers, from a plane at Bournemouth Airport in southern England on May 21, 2020, during the novel coronavirus pandemic. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday the country will have 25,000 virus tracing staff recruited by June so the country can "make progress" in its strategy to keep easing the nationwide lockdown (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Social distancing queue at the home and outdoor store Homebase garden centre under Coronavirus lockdown on 21st May 2020 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. DIY shops have been allowed to be open for the last few days and flocks of people have queued at them to buy home and garden goods. Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. While much or Europe has been placed into lockdown, the UK government has put in place more stringent rules as part of their long term strategy, and in particular 'social distancing'. (photo by Mike Kemp/In PIctures via Getty Images)
LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A paramedic is seen wearing PPE as she waits outside an ambulance to monitor an incident at on May 19, 2020 in Lee-On-The-Solent, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
ENFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Equipment is disinfected between training sessions during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on May 20, 2020 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Cars queue at the McDonald's drive-thru in Hounslow as McDonalds has reopened three of its restaurants in London but only as drive-thrus after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man in a face mask walks in front of a mural of a nurse with a PPE face mask on, painted by the artist Akse in Manchester's Northern Quarter, UK on 19th May 2020. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: 7-year-old Saskia Brunskill, the photographer's daughter, in action during a social distancing tennis coaching session with Shaun Murray at Sale Sports Club on May 19, 2020 in Sale, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
FLEET, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A general view of a thank you sign in support of NHS and key workers is displayed on a fence outside a house on May 19, 2020 in Fleet, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: A quiet view of Tower Bridge from St Katherine's Dock on May 19, 2020 in London. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Neonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley carries premature baby Theo Anderson to his mother Kirsty Anderson in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital in Blackburn, England, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Toilets are taped off to help customers observe social distancing at Waterloo Station on May 18, 2020 in London, England. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A delivery worker rides his bike at Holborn, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to allow people to walk and cycle safely as the coronavirus lockdown is eased. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
A sign advising passengers to wear a face mask at Clapham Junction station as train services increased as part of the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, in London, Monday May 18, 2020.Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
A view of the M6 motorway near Birmingham, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Birmingham, England, Monday, May 18, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Commuters, some wearing protective masks to protect against coronavirus stand on the platform at Leytonstone underground station, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Sunday that people could return to work if they could not work from home. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: Barry Dieters poses wearing his face mask as he shops for essentials on May 18, 2020 in Bolton, United Kingdom. People are beginning to get back to work and try to get life back to a sense of normality as aspects of the lockdown are eased. The government has relaxed the lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19, and has asked the public to wear face masks in enclosed spaces and where social distancing isn't possible. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BLACKWOOD, WALES - MAY 18: A general view of a Safety sign at Bryn Meadows Golf Club as restrictions on playing golf in Wales have been eased but still differ to golf in England on May 18, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom. The British government has started easing the lockdown it imposed two months ago to curb the spread of Covid-19, abandoning its 'stay at home' slogan in favour of a message to 'be alert', but UK countries have varied in their approaches to relaxing quarantine measures. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 17: People flock to the beach to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather during the coronavirus, covid-19 pandemic on May 17, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England . The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
People queue for ice cream in Cambridge after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Neonatal Nurse Kirsty Hartley carries premature baby Theo Anderson to his mother Kirsty Anderson in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre at Burnley General Hospital in East Lancashire during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
Kayakers return to the River Cam in Cambridge after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown.
Members of Marlow Rowing Club take to the River Thames at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, after the lifting of some restrictions to bring the country out of lockdown.
Pharmacist Susan Holgate talks on the telephone in the Critical Care Unit at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in East Lancashire during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
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A member of the social distancing team wears a face shield to protect from coronavirus as he watches to help construction workers observe social distancing at lunchtime in the site canteen at the "Goodluck Hope" development which is under construction by the Ballymore Group international property development company on Leamouth Peninsula in east London, Friday, May 15, 2020. Some of the coronavirus lockdown measures were relaxed in England on Wednesday, with those workers who are unable to work from home, such as those in construction and manufacturing, encouraged to return to work. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman wears a face guard to protect against the coronavirus as she shops at a food market in London, as the country is in lockdown to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Some of the coronavirus lockdown measures are being relaxed in England, with coffee shops reopening but with extra measures such as take away only and social distancing. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15, 2020: A social distancing floor marking and poster advising passengers to wear face covering on public transport are seen at Vauxhall underground station on 15 May, 2020 in London, England. Earlier this week the UK government relaxed some of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England , encouraging employees who can't work from home to gradually return to their workplaces and allowing people to leave home for outdoor leisure activities.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BRIXWORTH, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A Royal Mail postal worker in fancy dress as she delivers mail on May 15, 2020 in Brixworth, England. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
BLACKWOOD, WALES - 14 MAY: A general view of Cefn Caerllwyn Farm, where the owners have illuminated the side of a barn in support of the NHS on May 14, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom. The barn is located on a hillside and the writing can be seen by residents and passing motorists. Following the success of the "Clap for Our Carers" campaign, members of the public are being encouraged to applaud NHS staff and NHS staff and other key workers from their homes at 8pm every Thursday. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected over 4 million people across the world, claiming at least 33,614 lives in the U.K. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
NHS workers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask, gloves and aprons, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 participate in a national "clap for carers" to show thanks for the work of Britain's NHS (National Health Service) workers and other frontline medical staff around the country as they battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic, at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, north west England on May 14, 2020. - Britain on Thursday said it was in discussions with Swiss pharma giant Roche to mass purchase its coronavirus antibody test after scientists claimed it was "100 percent" accurate. "This test developed by Roche appears to be extremely reliable, it's got the green light from testers," health minister Edward Argar told the BBC on Thursday. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 14: A nurse dances as the Oldham Scottish and Manchester Community pipe bands perform during the Clap for Carers at Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-Under-Lyne on May 14, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
NHS workers outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, London, to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers initiative to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Local charity workers dressed as superheroes pose for a portrait after participating in the Clap for Carers at Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-Under-Lyne on May 14, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Drummers outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, as they join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Local charity workers dressed as superheroes wave at patients as they participate in the Clap for Carers at Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-Under-Lyne on May 14, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Neighbours Seamus O'Sullivan, playing his accordion, and Ian Taylor, playing his guitar, in their street in Glasgow, as they join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds stand in Downing Street, London, to join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - MAY 14: General view of Glastonbury Tor as it is lit up Blue as a mark of respect to the NHS and Key Workers on May 14, 2020 in Glastonbury, England. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
ABERTILLERY, WALES - 14 MAY: A resident and her pet dog Clap For Carers on May 14, 2020 in Abertillery, Wales, United Kingdom. Following the success of the "Clap for Our Carers" campaign, members of the public are being encouraged to applaud NHS staff and other key workers from their homes at 8pm every Thursday. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has infected over 4 million people across the world, claiming at least 33,614 lives in the U.K. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
Workers relax in Soho Square in central London on May 14, 2020 following an easing of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown guidelines. - People living in England got more freedom on May 13 to leave their homes, including to go to work, the first stage of an easing of the seven-week coronavirus lockdown. (Photo by Isabel Infantes / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
Adam Kenyon, an Animal Team Manager, monitors one of the female Amur tigers at Knowsley Safari, near Liverpool, northern England on May 14, 2020, whilst the safari park is closed to visitors during the nationwide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. - Site maintenance and animal welfare work continues at Knowsley Safari requiring the majority of staff to be present despite the absence of visitors. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Staff at the Coastline fish and chip shop and ice cream parlour on Blyth beach, Northumberland, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as they put out social distancing signs for customers. The restaurant has re-opened for take away orders after the easing of lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
DARLASTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: John Humphries poses wearing his face mask as he goes about essential chores on May 13, 2020 in Darlaston, West Midlands, United Kingdom. People are beginning to get back to work and trying to get life back to a sense of normality as aspects of the lockdown are eased. As the government relaxes the lockdown meant to curb the spread of Covid-19, it has asked the public to wear face masks in enclosed spaces and where social distancing isn't possible. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A woman wearing a mask and kitchen gloves shops in a branch of supermarket chain Sainsbury's in the Bayswater district of London, England, on May 13, 2020. Today marked the first day of several eased restrictions across England as a slow loosening of the coronavirus lockdown gets underway, with people now encouraged to return to work if unable to do so from home and unlimited outdoor exercise now allowed. Non-essential shops will not be permitted to reopen before at least June 1, however, and the hospitality sector is to remain closed until at least July 4. With those closure orders still in place, much of central London, which is mostly comprised of retail and hospitality venues, remained largely as deserted today as it has been in recent weeks. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: A gentleman is seen fishing at Castle Ashby lakes as restrictions are eased on some leisure activities on May 13, 2020 in Northamptonshire, England. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Delivery drivers are seen waiting outside a recently reopened McDonald's store in Dalston on May 13, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Kate Elizabeth Green/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
WOBURN SANDS, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13: A sign depicting a variation of a WW2 UK government sign at the entrance to Frosts Garden Centre on May 13, 2020 in Woburn Sands, United Kingdom . The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
A general view of PSNI officers operating in full PPE gear during the coronavirus pandemic in Belfast. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)
SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - MAY 13: A placard thanking key personnel and frontline workers is fixed to a fence infront of a permanent rainbow instalation outside Southend Hospital on May 13, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England. The rainbow istallation was thought up, built and installed by local companies with all labour and materials donated for free as a way to thank all key workers. The prime minister announced the general contours of a phased exit from the current lockdown, adopted nearly two months ago in an effort curb the spread of Covid-19. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
Graffiti in support of the NHS, near Waterloo Station, London, after the announcement of plans to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
BRIXWORTH, ENGLAND - MAY 12: The photographers daughter Hollie, holds a candle at her bedroom window to mark International Nurses Day and the 200th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Florence Nightingale on May 12, 2020 in Brixworth, England (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Nurses who work at central London hospitals protest with placards outside Downing Street in central London on May 13, 2020 calling for improved conditions and pay for nursing staff on the occasion of International Nurses Day 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. - International Nurses Day 2020 coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale and aims to shine a light on the difficult work done by nursing staff. The coronavirus pandemic has brought increased focus on the often extraordinary work of NHS clinical, non-clinical staff and care sector staff in caring for patients in challenging conditions with the public showing their appreciation with weekly 'claps for carers'. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
General view of a mural by artist Lionel Stanhope showing 'Supper at Emmaus' by Caravaggio, with the figures wearing protetive gloves, in south London, after the announcement of plans to bring the country out of lockdown. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM MAY 12, 2020 - Coronavirus: support for the NHS and criticism of the government on homemade banners in Downhills Park in Haringey- PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A British Transport Police officer wears a face mask on the London Underground Central line during what would normally be the evening rush hour, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Passengers wear face masks on a platform at Canning Town underground station in London. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman walks between a coronavirus information sign and a light installation near London Bridge, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A girl walking by the Rochdale Canal in Ancoats, Manchester, wearing a face mask with the words ''Stayin' Alert'' on it in red ink on Sunday 10th May 2020. (Photo by Pat Scaasi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: A family and members of the public meeting on a warm, sunny afternoon in Regent's Park on May 09, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The country continued quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, but the infection rate is falling, and government officials are discussing the terms under which it would ease the lockdown. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Members of the public sitting and exercising in Regent's Park by the lake on a sunny, warm afternoon on May 09, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The country continued quarantine measures intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, but the infection rate is falling, and government officials are discussing the terms under which it would ease the lockdown. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Passengers wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, walk through the arrivals hall after landing at at Terminal Two of London Heathrow Airport in west London, on May 9, 2020. - Britain could introduce a 14-day mandatory quarantine for international arrivals to stem the spread of coronavirus as part of its plan to ease the lockdown, an airline association said Saturday, sparking alarm in an industry already badly hit by the global pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman walks wearing a protective mask, in London, Saturday, May 9, 2020. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
A person walks past a Dominic Cummings protest banner on a roundabout in Wavertree, Liverpool after allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 26, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top adviser Domonic Cummings said yesterday he acted "reasonably and legally" despite mounting pressure on him to resign for allegedly breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Since then, the number has dropped by about 40,000 according to official statistics.

Overall, a total of 1,206,405 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the UK since the beginning of April.

In the Government's daily briefing on Sunday, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove said that steps taken to extend testing would help get more people back to work.

He said: "Thanks to the hard work of so many across the NHS, Public Health England, our pharmaceutical sector and our universities, we have tested over 200,000 key workers and their families, allowing those who don't have the virus to go back to work and protecting those who do.

"We have now of course extended the criteria for testing beyond key workers to anyone over 65 displaying symptoms, and anyone who has to travel to get to work.

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK
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"And this week, we will be piloting new test, track and trace procedures on the Isle of Wight with a view to having them in place more widely later this month.

"All of these steps will help us to get more people back to work and help to support the delivery of our public services."

On the testing figures, NHS England's national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: "You will see that testing capacity has ramped up very quickly over the last week or so and we are now at a very high level of testing, over 100,000 – a little bit of a dip in the weekend, but we anticipate that that testing capacity will continue to increase."

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