Hancock says Covid testing crisis may last weeks as UK hospitals plug gaps

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Matt Hancock

(Source: The Guardian)

Britain’s testing crisis could take weeks to resolve, the health secretary has admitted as it emerged that Covid tests from hospitals are being deployed for use in the community to plug holes in the system. 

People with Covid symptoms in Rochdale, one of the worst-hit parts of the country, have been turning up at A&E hospital departments and calling 111 desperately seeking tests, the council’s chief executive said.

In Bolton, which was confirmed to have one of the highest infection rates in Europe outside of Spain after a sharp rise in cases, the chair of the local NHS foundation trust, Prof Donna Hall, also reported a “very busy” emergency department “as poorly people unable to get a test come to us for help”.

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