FILE PHOTO – A view of a COVID-19 testing station manned by British army personnel inside London’s Hyde Park, Britain, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/ Alexander Smith
May 10, 2020
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain had to ship coronavirus tests to the United States to be processed after an issue at certainly one of its laboratories, housing minister Robert Jenrick mentioned on Sunday.
The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported 50,000 check samples have been sent on chartered flights to the United States final week.
Asked in regards to the report throughout an interview on Sky News, Jenrick mentioned: “There was an issue with one of the labs and we put in place our contingency plan, which was to take some of the tests to the United States for the tests to be processed.”
“That was exactly in line with the detailed plans the Department for Health had made in advance,” he added.
After being criticised for transferring too slowly on mass testing in contrast to some nations equivalent to Germany, Britain has ramped up its testing programme, however since hitting its goal of 100,000 a day on the finish of April has struggled to keep that stage.
The newest figures from the Department of Health present there have been been 1,728,443 tests in whole, together with 96,878 on May 8.
The Department places the variety of confirmed new coronavirus instances in Britain to date at 215,260 and the variety of fatalities at 31,587. That is the world’s second highest loss of life toll after the United States, whose inhabitants is almost 5 instances greater.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Gareth Jones)