Inside Politics – Coronavirus special: Matt Hancock faces scrutiny over testing ‘missteps’

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Adam Forrest
Tuesday 19 May 2020 07:58 BST
Everyone aged five and over with symptoms now eligible for Covid-19 test

“All losses are restored and sorrows end,” goes one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets. Fans of the bard may have to prepare themselves for a big loss: the Globe theatre is at risk of closing on a permanent basis because of the pandemic-induced slump. Health secretary Matt Hancock is determined the ongoing drama over the government’s “test, track and trace” programme will not turn into a tragedy. But critics claim there are still plenty of final act problems to resolve before a contact-tracing app can be rolled out across the nation. I’m Adam Forrest, and welcome to The Independent’s daily Inside Politics briefing during the coronavirus crisis.

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