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Britain’s biggest Covid testing lab ‘is prioritising Premiership Rugby stars’ 

Britain’s biggest Covid-19 testing lab is prioritising Premiership Rugby stars and travellers to Dubai, company insiders have claimed.  Randox Laboratories in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, reportedly also regularly fails to provide test results within 24 hours to members of the public.  The lab is responsible for a quarter of all community tests across the UK after … Read more Britain’s biggest Covid testing lab ‘is prioritising Premiership Rugby stars’ 

Matt Hancock denies that government didn’t plan for spike in testing demand

Matt Hancock has denied the Government failed to plan for a surge in demand for coronavirus tests, and claimed the spike at up to four times capacity was ‘very, very hard to predict’. Batting off criticism, he blamed the public of applying for tests when they didn’t have symptoms and accused Britons in self-isolation of … Read more Matt Hancock denies that government didn’t plan for spike in testing demand

Care home residents ‘dying of loneliness’ as testing delays expose ‘huge staff shortages’

Vulnerable people living in care homes are ‘dying of loneliness,’ as they’re deprived from seeing families due to lockdown, while delays in testing have exposed ‘huge staff shortages,’ in the sector, it has been claimed. Baroness Ros Altmann, a former Minister of State for pensions, welcomed Matt Hancock’s announcement yesterday that care home residents would … Read more Care home residents ‘dying of loneliness’ as testing delays expose ‘huge staff shortages’

HENRY DEEDES watches Dido Harding explaining the coronavirus testing shambles

An eerie silence suddenly befell Committee Room number six just after 4pm yesterday.  Baroness Dido Harding had just explained to the Commons’ science and technology committee how she’d come to be head of our vital testing programme. The matter had been raised by Graham Stringer (Lab, Blackley and Broughton) who had politely pointed out that … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches Dido Harding explaining the coronavirus testing shambles

HENRY DEEDES watches Dido Harding explaining the coronavirus testing shambles

An eerie silence suddenly befell Committee Room number six just after 4pm yesterday.  Baroness Dido Harding had just explained to the Commons’ science and technology committee how she’d come to be head of our vital testing programme. The matter had been raised by Graham Stringer (Lab, Blackley and Broughton) who had politely pointed out that … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches Dido Harding explaining the coronavirus testing shambles

Government promises new labs as coronavirus testing slower than ever

A staggering 98 per cent of people taking home coronavirus tests do not get their result within 24 hours, data showed today as Boris Johnson’s target of turning all tests around within a day slips further out of reach. The home test kits are the most used testing route for the public but also the slowest, … Read more Government promises new labs as coronavirus testing slower than ever

Government promises new labs as coronavirus testing slower than ever

A staggering 98 per cent of people taking home coronavirus tests do not get their result within 24 hours, data showed today as Boris Johnson’s target of turning all tests around within a day slips further out of reach. The home test kits are the most used testing route for the public but also the slowest, … Read more Government promises new labs as coronavirus testing slower than ever

Airport testing and closing borders probably DO work to stop Covid-19, but evidence is weak 

Drastic travel measures to control the coronavirus probably do work, a scientific review has concluded, but the evidence is still lacking. Academics looked over the findings of 36 studies which assessed whether airport screening, closing borders and quarantining travellers have any real impact on reducing cases. It found the most beneficial was shutting borders to … Read more Airport testing and closing borders probably DO work to stop Covid-19, but evidence is weak 

Testing fiasco threatens schools chaos: Teachers call for coronavirus screening

Testing fiasco threatens schools chaos: Teachers call for coronavirus screening as thousands of pupils across the country are sent home from lessons… but the demand is set to be low on ministers’ ‘priority list’ Almost every school in the country is now suffering virus-related problems, unions warn Teachers fear a ‘lockdown by default’ as thousands … Read more Testing fiasco threatens schools chaos: Teachers call for coronavirus screening

Portrait of a country that can’t get its act together on testing

It is an image that captures the farce of Britain’s Covid-19 testing shambles. This testing centre in Peterborough lies almost empty as desperate families across the country are unable to get checked so they can return to work and their children can get back to school. Some parents in the city have even been told … Read more Portrait of a country that can’t get its act together on testing