How to keep Omicron at bay – stop testing! – Owl
“The Prime Minister has now found himself caught between the Covid Recovery Group and supporters and the scientists.”
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James Johnson www.devonlive.com
No PCR test centres Devon have booking slots available for the second morning running as the Government comes under pressure to up the capacity of its testing.
A new record was set for the daily number of coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as all four UK nations reported their figures for the first time since Christmas Eve.
At times yesterday, there were no PCR tests or lateral flow tests available to order online, and in the morning there were no drive-in test centres available.
This morning in Devon, there are no test centres showing as having bookings available. For a short time there was availability but by 9.20am this had switched to none available.
The Government’s website showed availability for home-delivered tests but again by 9.20am this had reverted to none available.
Officials acknowledged that during periods of exceptional demand there could be “temporary pauses” in ordering or receiving tests, in an attempt to manage distribution across the system.
The reduced postal system over Christmas has also added to the issues.
No test centres available in Devon for the second day running.
But Health Secretary Sajid Javid admitted there were global supply issues to a senior Tory MP.
Sir Roger Gale said that Mr Javid had confessed there was a problem with supplies – previously ministers and officials had insisted they had sufficient stocks but the problems were in delivering them to people’s homes or pharmacies.
The North Thanet MP said: “Saj was very honest with me, he said, ‘look, there isn’t a quick fix’.”
Sir Roger said “we have created the demand in England which we now can’t satisfy” as a result.
He added: “The Prime Minister has now found himself caught between the Covid Recovery Group and supporters and the scientists.
“We are now facing the situation where No 10 is saying go and get tested and the Department of Health is saying we haven’t got the tests, we can’t do it.”
He said Mr Javid is “busting a gut” to get supplies, “but we’re competing with a global market”.