Is this the real reason people haven’t been able to get Covid-19 tests?

Rampant: the Covid-19 virus is once again on the loose across the UK because the Tories haven’t just lost control; they’ve deliberately thrown it away.

You must have seen stories lately, saying people wanting Covid-19 tests for themsselves or (more likely) their children have been redirected hundreds of miles because centres have run out.

Well, it seems there may be a reason for that, which is nothing to do with a lack of testing kits.

My suspicions were aroused when I saw this story…

A vulnerable Chesterfield mum has been left ‘stressed and anxious’ after being unable to book a Covid-19 test for her poorly daughter.

Louise Hull-Bailey’s nine-year-old daughter Aimee, a pupil at Brimington Junior School, has been ill for two days and is suffering with a cough and high temperature.

Louise, 37, says no home tests are available and she has been told she cannot book a walk-in slot either.

… within minutes of this story:

There is fury in the Rhondda after it emerged that the testing centre set up in Porth to speed up access to testing in an area on the brink of a local lockdown was only able to offer 60 tests a day.

Council leader Andrew Morgan said he had been told that the UK Government had made a unilateral decision to limit the number of tests because of the shortage across the UK.

He said that the centre itself had the capacity to offer 400 to 500 tests a day but the centre does not process the tests and the UK is facing a shortage of lab capacity to process the results.

You might say what prevails in the Rhondda may not in Chesterfield, but there’s no evidence to suggest it doesn’t. In fact, it seems more likely that this is the situation across the UK:

Centres with the capacity to carry out more tests are being held back by the government.

Lack of capacity?

Tory ministers have been crowing that the UK has more capacity than other countries.

But they are ordering testing centres to turn people away.

But there is a lack of capacity going on.

It’s a lack of mental capacity by government ministers who simply cannot organise a simple testing routine.

Source: Chesterfield mum ‘stranded’ as she can’t get Covid test for sick daughter | Derbyshire Times

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3 thoughts on “Is this the real reason people haven’t been able to get Covid-19 tests?

  1. Stu

    https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/united-kingdom/england/leicester/leicester.html
    This Centre was opened right at the end of Leicester’s lockdown and the only activity seems to be that of a bored security guard.
    It also happens to be right outside the doors of BBC Leicester studios but not a peep from them.
    Only 2 hours from London, why is it not being utilised ?

    Hancock appears to be saying that he’s sending people miles across the country to low-risk areas, superspreading as they go !

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  2. jaynel62

    Bravo – “It’s a lack of mental capacity by government ministers who simply cannot organise a simple testing routine.” Possibly The Best Sentence this week

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  3. J Edington

    It’s not the testing that’s the problem. It’s the centralised UK lab processing that has an almighty backlog. Hancock demanded that Scotland closed some test centres so as not to show the clowns up. Our health Secretary told him where to go.

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