Coronavirus: Lab testing issues 'may take weeks to resolve'

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(Source: BBC News)

Some mobile testing units will be run by the Welsh NHS in a bid to control potential outbreaks after UK lab issues, the health minister has said.

On Friday tests in Wales were capped after increased demand saw UK-wide issues. Vaughan Gething said the issues could go on "for weeks" and Wales would not rely on the Lighthouse labs programme. But Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said the issues came after a "huge demand for tests". 

The mobile testing units are new, run under the Lighthouse labs partnership between the private sector and UK and devolved governments. Each unit can normally carry out around 300 tests a day - but high demand around the UK as cases have risen has meant a limit of 60 was set for each mobile unit in Wales by the UK government.

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