Boris Johnson in Milton Keynes today visiting coronavirus lighthouse lab

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been in Milton Keynes today visiting the coronavirus Lighthouse Lab.

    Posting on his social media, Mr Johnson said: "Today I visited one of the country’s mega labs in Milton Keynes, which is part of the NHS Test and Trace system we’ve built to stop the spread of coronavirus."

    "If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must get a test."

    "Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for more information."

    The Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab recently celebrated completing 500,000 coronavirus tests.

    It follows the opening of the lab at the start of April, which the Health Secretary described as being part of the 'biggest diagnostic lab network in British history'.

    READ MORE: The areas in Milton Keynes where the most deaths involving coronavirus have sadly happened

    Since the opening, two further Lighthouse Labs have opened in Alderley Park and Glasgow.

    According to ITV, each day, swabs arrive at the centre at around 6am.

    Every swab that arrives is from an individual who has a suspected case of coronavirus.

    Swab tests can now be taken at drive-through test centres throughout the country, including one in Central Milton Keynes, which are open appointment-only for key workers and their household members who show symptoms.

    Then, once the tests arrive at the centre, volunteers and staff manually record, check, and sort the swab kits before they go to the lab for processing.

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