North East UK news Rationing to be introduced as three Covid test centres able to take bookings MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Shortages of testing equipment has led to rationing as the public feel the impact by struggling to book a coronavirus test
Breaking News ! Rationing could be introduced as the Government struggles to ensure people can book a coronavirus test. Reports have emerged that just three of the 49 infection hotspots could take bookings. And in the North East people with symptoms have been redirected to Galashiels, Barnsley and Carlisle. Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed a 'priority list' has been drawn up to ensure care homes, hospitals, schools and key staff have sufficient access. During Tuesday's Commons session, he admitted shortages could be an issue for weeks, despite Downing Street previously telling all people to seek tests "if in doubt". Forty-six of the 49 worst-hit areas have no swabs at all, according to checks done by the Daily Mail. Meanwhile, Mr Hancock is said to be weighing up giving GPs the power to green light whether a patient should get tested, reports ITV. Tuesday's figures show 227,075 tests were carried out across the UK in the previous 24 hours – but that was down from 231,969 on Monday and from 250,839 on Sunday. Testing staff in other places, like Bolton - with the sixth highest infection rate in the UK - stood idle, with one claiming kits were available but the booking system appeared to be down. Read More Related Articles Health Secretary Matt Hancock studying proposals for local lockdowns in the North East Read More Related Articles Coronavirus deaths fall across country and now stand at just 1% of national total At a site in Oldham, staff had reportedly said they couldn't test people because they were "unable to turn the test around".
. Many people trying to book tests online are directed to a page which tells them they are too busy and try later. Concerns are growing about the Government's seven lighthouse labs which are reportedly struggling to turn around results due to staff and equipment shortages. We want to know your views on the current testing system. Is it up to scratch or do you think there is a better way? Have you tried to book a test locally? Have you been directed miles away from home to get one? Let us know in the survey below. Click here if the form doesn't load.
A memo leaked to The Guardian claims the labs were stretched to capacity as early as last month. The Government's ambitious 'Operation Moonshot' - which would see four million tests available by February - saw Mr Hancock laughed at in the Commons earlier this month. Daily cases are rising - in part due to children returning to school and a roll-out of regular swabs at care homes - leading to fears Britain is already experiencing a second wave. Mr Hancock's priority list will be released within days, giving testing centres guidelines on who should receive swabs.
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