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Dominic Raab has promised an “exponential” increase in coronavirus tests in the next eight days.

The foreign secretary, who is standing in for Boris Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions, insisted the government would meet its target of 100,000 a day by the end of April.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer asked how this was possible given only 18,000 tests a day were currently being done.

He said frontline NHS staff and care workers were “desperate” for tests.

It comes as new figures suggest the number of people recorded as having died of Covid-19 in care homes in England could have doubled in five days.

Mr Raab and Sir Keir were both present in the sparsely populated Commons chamber for the

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