Boris Johnson under fire for claiming UK ‘has a system of mass testing’ when trial yet to start

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Doctor holding a covid-19 swab

(Source: The Independent)

Health experts have criticised Boris Johnson for claiming the UK “now has a system of mass testing” – when a trial earmarked for a single city has yet to begin.

Ministers hope most of the 500,000 residents of Liverpool will be tested for Covid-19 every seven to 10 days, as a possible route to ending England’s new lockdown on time on 2 December.

But there are big questions over how many people will volunteer for a test – because of the puny financial help for people forced to self-isolate – and full details of the scheme are yet to be thrashed out.

Yet, in a typically bullish message to the Cabinet, Mr Johnson said: “In addition to the better drugs that we now have, and the prospect of vaccine, we now have a system of mass testing.

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