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UK PM Johnson says will roll out COVID tests on scale never seen before

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a face mask as he leaves Downing Street, after new nationwide restrictions were announced during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday his government would roll out new types of COVID-19 testing “on a scale never seen before” to stem the growing pandemic when a new lockdown in England expires on Dec. 2.

“At the expiry of this period on December 2 ... we will be rolling out across this country new types of testing on a scale never seen before,” Johnson told parliament.

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison