Covid-19 testing is not as fast as Matt Hancock claimed

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Matt Hancock

(Source: Full Fact)

The secretary of state for health and social care, Matt Hancock, tweeted last Thursday that virtually all the Covid-19 tests performed at regional sites (which includes drive-through testing), or at mobile testing units, were delivering results within 24 hours. This is not true.

According to the latest official Test and Trace data for England published the same day, “71.8% of test results were received within 24 hours of the test being taken” at regional test sites, and 60.6% at mobile testing units. This covers tests taken in the week ending 24 June.

We asked DHSC about this on Thursday and have not yet received an answer, but on Saturday Mr Hancock added a reply to correct his original tweet. The reply included a link to the official data, and said: “To be clear on this - this refers to the proportion of test results that are returned the very next day.”

Read more on Full Fact

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