Coronavirus: new announcements are fixing the barn door after the horse has bolted

Typical Tories. Always too little, too late.

Matt Hancock has announced that capacity for carrying out coronavirus tests has increased to 51,000 per day and employers of essential workers can go on the website and book a test for their staff.

He has brought this in too late for it to do any good. Both infection rates and fatalities are currently declining (although that could change very quickly if the lockdown is lifted too soon).

And does he even know that his testing kits are trustworthy?

The same can be said of his announcement that the government is hiring 18,000 people to work on contact tracing (tracking people who may have contracted the coronavirus by contact with those who are known to have had it).

The Tories had made a good attempt at this in February, but Hancock himself had cancelled both contact tracing and testing on March 12 – just as coronavirus infection and mortality rates were about to explode.

Bringing them both back now is an insult to everybody who caught the virus – and everybody who died – because Hancock decided not to bother with it for more than a month.

It’s too little, too late. They are fixing the barn door after the horse has bolted.

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  1. Fibro confused April 23, 2020 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Capacity is completely different to actual ability to test people on the ground, we might be getting more kits doesn’t mean we have trained people to do the tests or labs and trained lab technicians to complete the test

  2. The Toffee (597) April 24, 2020 at 6:32 am - Reply

    I’ve always said this lot would make a balls up of a disaster.

    (PS, It’s closing the ”stable” door, after the horse has bolted.)

    • Mike Sivier April 25, 2020 at 12:30 am - Reply

      They seem to be interchangeable, as far as I can tell. I heard “barn” door first so that’s the version I remember. Stable makes more sense, though.

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