Schoolchildren and parents could be among groups prioritised for Covid-19 tests

U.K. May Limit Virus Testing to Worst Cases as Labs Struggle

U.K. May Limit Virus Testing to Worst Cases as Labs Struggle

Government figures showed 12% of pupils in England weren't in school last week, even after ministers ordered classes to restart for all studentsThe government closed a virus testing site to clear space for customs checks on trucks importing goods, which may be needed after the Brexit transition period ends in DecemberCovid infections are rising in the United Kingdom and 3,105 new cases were reported in a day, according to government figures Tuesday.

This is the lowest proportion since the week to June 17, when the figure stood at 31.3%.

There has been a 167 per cent increase in the number of new people testing positive for Covid-19 in England, the National Health Service's Test and Trace scheme said on Thursday (Sept 17). Each day, around 200,000 people are successfully booking and taking tests and we are growing our capacity to 500,000 tests across the United Kingdom by the end of October, with more and more capacity being added each week.

Sands said he had tried more than 50 times to log on to the government's website to book a test, but each time it either said there are none available or the system crashes.

As the system struggles to cope with soaring demand, people have been turning up to accident and emergency to ask for COVID-19 tests.

But those trying to book a test in Hyndburn were offered a walk-through in Bolton at Mere Hall vehicle park, as well as a drive-through at Royal Blackburn Hospital, according to the Government website.

Leading figures in Whitehall are braced for a hard winter with the possibility of further increases in Covid-19 cases among the more vulnerable elderly population.

On Tuesday, she paid £125 for Arlo to be tested privately and he was seen within the hour, with results expected within 48 hours.

Local health protection teams fared better in their efforts to reach contacts, with cases handled by them reaching 98.9% of contacts and asking them to self-isolate in the week to September 9. Anyone who is self-isolating because they have had close recent contact with someone who has tested positive must self-isolate for the full 14-day period.

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It said 82.6 per cent of the 15,526 people transferred to the system had been reached and asked to provide information about their contacts.

"Continuing delays and shortage of tests saps business, staff and consumer confidence at a fragile moment for the economy".

This proportion has remained similar since reporting began on July 9. "And then we'll relate that to how many tests are available".

Professor Alan McNally, director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, who helped set up the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Lab, told BBC Breakfast there were "clearly underlying issues which nobody wants to tell us about", plus a surge in demand for tests.

The new labs will join the existing United Kingdom network of Lighthouse Labs and partner facilities, with measures being taken to recruit hundreds of additional staff and procure new technology to boost the number of tests processed. Deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery said trust leaders were "increasingly concerned" that testing shortages could put pressure on services and winter preparations due to growing staff absences.

Ministers have acknowledged that families are unable to get tests or being offered them only at remote locations.

The UK's demand for coronavirus tests is "multiples" of the country's current capacity, Chair of NHS Test and Trace Baroness Dido Harding has said.

Tory MP, Chairman of the Commons Science and Technology Committee.

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