Health and care minister Helen Whately defended the government over testing pupils and teachers as schools prepare to reopen in September.
The shadow health secretary has called for improved coronavirus testing and tracing this August in time for schools to reopen in September.
Minister Nadhim Zahawi has praised British innovators in the development of two new Covid-19 tests that can produce results within hours.
talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has taken health minister Edward Argar to task over the government's coronavirus testing figures.
PHE said the new blood test was “highly specific” and had an accuracy of 100 per cent in detecting people who had ever had Covid-19.
Paul Cosford, emeritus chief medical officer for PHE, told talkRADIO that coordinating mass testing for Covid-19 was “not a simple process”.
The Housing Secretary said the government was working with experts to “ramp up” testing, but blamed a high global demand for the delay.
The shadow health secretary has urged the government to increase community testing for coronavirus.