Coronavirus home test kits 'run out' in England and Scotland

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Doctor wearing latex gloves and holding a covid-19 swab test

(Source: The Guardian)

England and Scotland appeared to run out of coronavirus home testing kits within hours on Monday, amid a backlog in laboratories. People were advised to travel long distances to test centres after being told that the daily allowance of home tests had run out.

Callers to the NHS 119 number for Covid-19 were told: “We’re very sorry – the available allocation has already been issued at this time.”

The reason behind the apparent shortage is unclear, but laboratories have been struggling to clear a backlog of tests since the end of July.

The health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock, announced on 28 April that his department was increasing the number of home testing kits available from 5,000 a day to 25,000 a day by the end of that week.

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