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Days after Dominic Raab threw shade on Matt Hancock’s promise of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day, we find the Tory government is letting huge numbers of kits go to other countries.

What is wrong with these besuited buffoons?

They stand up in front of us every day and lie through their teeth that they are doing everything they can, and then we find they are dragging their heels on something as fundamentally important is this.

There is a reason the need for testing has been a hot topic since the coronavirus arrived in the UK.

The UK is far behind other countries in the matter of testing – and our leaders do not seem bothered about changing that.

As I write these words, Chris Whitty is telling the UK we need tests that work.

But his people haven’t bothered to check whether the kits on offer from South Korea do that.

Considering the way that country has got to grips with its rate of infection, I’d say these kits are probably quite good. But the omission – or rather, the refusal – to check and then get on with securing delivery is unforgivable.

Isn’t it?

The government risks losing an offer from South Korea of 400,000 coronavirus test kits a week to a rival country because they have not yet been tested by Public Health England, it has been claimed.

A shareholder in the South Korean LG conglomerate has sourced the kits from five companies in the country and has offered them to the UK through a contact who was the former deputy leader of the Conservative party in Westminster council.

Nick Markham says he has been in touch with the government, but they are dragging their heels and insisting they won’t make a decision until the kits are tested.

He says the production facilities and kits already manufactured are in huge demand, and countries including Ukraine and Romania have already sent military planes out to snap up the supplies.

Source: UK risks losing offer of 400,000 Covid-19 testing kits a week | World news | The Guardian

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