NHS testing boss issues ‘heartfelt apology’ to people unable to get Covid tests and blames lack of capacity at laboratories for backlog

‘We have additional NHS, Lighthouse, University and Partner Labs all due to open up imminently and we are also expanding the use of non-Laboratory based tests.The testing team work on this 18 hours a day, seven days a week. We recognise the country is depending on us.’

NHS Test & Trace failing to reach nearly a THIRD of contacts at risk of having coronavirus with record low 69% success rate last week

Dr Daniel Lawson, Lecturer in Statistical Science, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol said: ‘There is now no doubt that cases are growing. Because growth is exponential, the number of new cases will continue to rise rapidly, until our actions prevent this.

‘Utter shambles’: GPs and medics decry NHS test-and-trace system

The disclosure that doctors are facing problems getting tested comes amid mounting concern among MPs of all parties that the system in England is experiencing major problems. Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, warned last week that the test-and-trace system is “on the verge of collapse”. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has defended its performance and […]

Cut quarantine with coronavirus test BEFORE your flight home: Ministers eye plan that could halve self-isolation time to just five days and boost air travel

For this, the highly sensitive PCR test is the gold standard. The Government’s SAGE committee suggests that using this form of testing on 10 per cent of the population at highest risk could reduce the R number – the reproduction rate of the virus which needs to be below 1 – by a startling 0.4.

HMS Queen Elizabeth stays in port for second day in a row after crew members tested positive for Covid-19

A number of British and American F-35B stealth jets will also be onboard the aircraft carrier in the largest cohort of jets seen on a British warship in more than a decade. 

Doctors Make Millions From COVID Tests as England Government Labs Struggle

Dr. Ali estimates that his clinic has conducted an average of 100 tests a day since the beginning of April. This would mean revenues of between £3.14 million and £5.6 million for testing for a service that the NHS offers for free and is meant to be provided to anyone who might need it.

Boris’s mass COVID testing moonshot ‘to cost £100BILLION’: PM’s plan to get life back to normal is forecast to cost almost as much as entire NHS budget – as experts warn it may not even be possible

He signalled that the ‘rule of six’ limit on how many people can socialise together will be in place for some time to come, after partying among the younger generation fuelled a sharp rise. Apart from a vaccine, he said the only other way out before Christmas was a ‘moonshot’ of introducing mass daily testing […]

Moonshot or moonshine? Boris announces plans to mass test millions every day with results back in 20-90 minutes – and is ‘due to start with pilot in Salford’ next month’

After being driven across the English border to Telford for the nearest available test, she was told by a staff member that she could not be tested because she had not received a QR code when she booked.

Boris Johnson says he wants EVERYBODY in the UK to be able to take a coronavirus test EVERYDAY to get life back to normal after Matt Hancock blasted people for needlessly booking checks

‘In some cases, it means driving for three hours – and back – which is completely inappropriate at the best of times, let alone for someone who may be ill with Covid-19 symptoms. Travelling such distances are expensive, and that’s if individuals have access to a car at all.’

‘Waste on a Cosmic Scale’: Scientists Cast Doubt on Leaked UK Gov’t Mass COVID-19 Testing Plans

“The prime minister’s suggestion that this will be as simple as ‘getting a pregnancy test’ that will give results within 15 minutes is unlikely, if not impossible, in the timescale he was suggesting to get the country back on track,” he said. Some experts, however, were more hopeful regarding the government’s plans. Professor Jose Vazquez-Boland, […]