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UK coronavirus LIVE: Boris Johnson admits there is not enough testing capacity as London 'could see curfews' to curb Covid spread

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Boris Johnson has admitted there was not enough coronavirus testing capacity.

The Prime Minister told the Commons Liaison Committee: “We don’t have enough testing capacity now because, in an ideal world, I would like to test absolutely everybody that wants a test immediately.”

An employee working with the NHS test and trace programme staffs a covid-19 testing centre in north London on September 16, 2020. - The British government on September 15 admitted increasing demand for coronavirus tests was posing problems after hospital bosses warned delays in the system were jeopardising healthcare services. But he rejected claims of a spiralling backlog, which have triggered complaints that people with Covid-19 symptoms were unable to get tests and delays in getting in results. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images) An employee working with the NHS test and trace programme staffs a covid-19 testing centre in north London on September 16, 2020. - The British government on September 15 admitted increasing demand for coronavirus tests was posing problems after hospital bosses warned delays in the system were jeopardising healthcare services. But he rejected claims of a spiralling backlog, which have triggered complaints that people with Covid-19 symptoms were unable to get tests and delays in getting in results. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Londoners could see curfews imposed to help curb a second wave of coronavirus, a public health chief has said.

Director of Public Health England, Professor Kevin Fenton, told the Standard that more restrictions may be imposed, including some possibly across the capital, to avoid a more stringent lockdown.

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