UK coronavirus testing mega-lab 'chaotic and dangerous', scientist claims

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Man working in a biohazard lab

(Source: Mirror)

Working practices at one of the UK's coronavirus swab testing "mega-labs" were "chaotic and dangerous", a scientist has alleged.

Dr Julian Harris, an experienced virologist, claimed he was left "traumatised" and "freaked out" by the inexperience of colleagues handling biohazardous material at the Lighthouse Lab in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

His comments form part of a joint investigation by the BBC and the Independent, which reported that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found "safety breaches" at the facility.

The investigation heard claims of inadequate PPE, local youngsters inexperienced with handling hazardous materials being hired to fill staffing gaps, and working long shifts.

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