Long queues as coronovirus testing crisis affects UK


People are queuing up at a testing center in Southend-on-Sea, UK. (Reuters)

Southend-on-sea:

Amid growing anger over a bottleneck in Britain’s creaking coronovirus testing system, the government on Wednesday promised it would do whatever it could to try to boost the lab’s capacity to provide people across the country without COVID- 19 leaves to do the test.

In an effort to slow down one of the highest coronovirus death counts in the West, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised in May that a “world-beating” system would be created to test and detect people exposed to the virus.

But repeated attempts by Reuters reporters to obtain COVID-19 tests failed, while hundreds of people queued to conduct tests at a walk-in testing center in Southend-on-Sea in eastern England – some 0500 GMT As quickly.

“Laboratory capability has been an issue, we’re doing our work through it,” Justice Secretary Robert Buckland told Sky News.

“We have the ability to do whatever we can to ensure this,” he told BBC TV. “We know where the pressure points are, we are operating new walk-in testing centers.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday it would take weeks to fix the system. Buckland said health workers, caring domestic workers and schoolchildren and their parents should get priority for tests.

Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the Parliament’s health committee, said that testing capacity would have to be greatly increased so that everyone could be tested.

“If that goes a long way – if we quadruple the testing capacity that we are currently planning, not 500,000 a day, but 2 million a day, then you test everyone in the population once a month Will be able to, “Hunt said.

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