Boris Johnson gave a coronavirus briefing on Friday, accompanied by Lady Harding, who is in charge of the NHS test and trace system for England.

Here are some of the claims that were made:

1. Delivering PPE

Boris Johnson: “We have substantially increased the pipeline of personal protective equipment [PPE] for the NHS and social care constituting over 30 billion items of PPE over the course of the pandemic”.

However, government figures show that only 2.3 billion items have actually been delivered to health and social care services in England, up to 12 July.

This includes 1.4 billion gloves (which are counted individually as opposed to in pairs).

It’s not immediately clear where the 30 billion number comes from, but it could include future deliveries.

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