Boris Johnson was warned over Covid ‘moonshot’ testing plan

Key government adviser cautioned PM against setting 10m daily testing target

A key government adviser has said he warned Boris Johnson not to describe his mass coronavirus testing plan as a “moonshot” and cautioned against setting a target of carrying out 10m tests a day.

As ministers faced further criticism over the struggling testing programme, Sir John Bell said the government had “underestimated” the demand for tests caused by the return of schools and a rise in infections.

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