Brandon Lewis blames ‘a bit of a problem in the labs’ for coronavirus testing decreasing by nearly half
Minister Brandon Lewis blames ‘a bit of a problem in the labs’ for testing the coronavirus that has fallen by nearly HALF as Labor’s
- The Northern Ireland minister said “a technical problem” was behind a 43 percent drop
- last night it was revealed that 69,463 occurred in midnight to 9am Wednesday
- The figure is only 57 percent of the record of 122,327 tests conducted Thursday
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A cabinet minister accused a massive slump in coronavirus testing in recent days of “a bit of a problem in the labs” today amid mounting criticism of declining numbers.
Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis, said there was “a technical problem” behind a 43 percent drop in completed daily tests between last Thursday and yesterday.
His comments came after it was revealed last night that 69,463 took place in the 24 hours to 9:00 that day, which raised concerns about the progress of the testing regimen.
The figure is only 57 percent of the 122,327 tests that Matt Hancock boasted were conducted Thursday to fulfill his promise of 100,000 tests conducted in late April.
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer warned this morning that the blocking should only be lifted if “many more tests” can be performed.
Mr. Lewis told Sky News today, “There is a problem in the labs, there is a technical problem.
“It is not surprising with a completely new test and a new diagnosis system that we have introduced.
Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis said “a technical problem” was responsible for a 43 percent drop in completed daily tests between last Thursday and yesterday
His comments came after it was revealed last night that 69,463 took place on Wednesday in the midnight to 9am, raising concerns about the progress of the testing regimen
The figure is just 57 percent of the 122,327 tests that Matt Hancock boasted were conducted Thursday to fulfill his promise of 100,000 tests per day in late April (pictured is the Lighthouse Lab Covid-19 testing facility at Queen Elizabeth University) Hospital in Glasgow)
“But that technical problem has now been resolved, so we will see capacity and demand come up.
“But the capacity remained above demand and above 100,000.”
Ministers believe that more intensive tests are crucial to ease the blocking from next week and to boost the economy.
Although testing capacity remains above 100,000 per day, there is increasing pressure on the difference between capacity and actual number completed.
Yesterday’s prime minister clearly has the ambition to rise to 200,000 a day by the end of this month and then go even higher. ‘
Healthy Secretary Matt Hancock claimed that by the end of April, the government had reached its target of 100,000 tests per day, including 40,000 tests sent home but not yet processed.
Sir Keir told BBC Good Morning Scotland that he believes the lockdown should continue until test numbers have risen significantly
In early May, it failed to maintain that level, with only 84,000 tests completed on Monday and numbers have fallen further since then.
Sir Keir told BBC Good Morning Scotland that he believes the lockdown should continue until the numbers have risen significantly.
He told the program: “Of course we want the number of infected cases to drop, we want the death toll to drop, but we also need to plan for the future and I am convinced that testing, tracking and isolation should be part of any strategy for the future.
“But if that’s going to happen, the planning should start now, because we need a lot more tests than we already have.”
When asked if we should continue with lockdown measures, he said, “I think we should do that.
“I am sure it will be the decision of the British government and we will support it. Lockdown should remain in place until we are sure that the infection rate has dropped.
“I will be very surprised if the government does not re-impose the block if it comes later for revision and we will support them in that. It is not about removing the block now, it is about planning for the future. ‘