Responding to the press conference by the Prime Minister, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“The Government is making the right decision to strengthen the coronavirus guidelines in England. Clearly rapid testing by spring would be a welcome advancement.
“However, the Government must take immediate action to increase the level of testing available right now. It is simply not acceptable that people are being asked to travel for several hours for a test, or are unable to book a test at all.
“Ministers must also put forward financial plans for people and businesses that continue to be heavily affected. As the Coronavirus will continue to force many businesses and self employed to stop working, thousands of jobs are at risk.
"The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend the furlough scheme to protect tens of thousands of livelihoods.”