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Coronavirus UK: "Mess" as 25% of tests booked by ineligible individuals


Brits looking for a coronavirus swab in Twickenham are asked to pretend they're from Aberdeen to jump in line amid growing anger over the government-tested "rubble".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged the public not to "play" the system by changing their zip codes when requesting a test.

However, a mistake uncovered by staff meant that entering a postcode 400 miles away would help the British book a seat at Twickenham Stadium – while prompting those who had entered their actual addresses to move on to travel to distant places.

Mr Hancock has told the House of Commons that there are "operational challenges" with tests that the government is "working hard" to resolve.

Liberal Democrat Munira Wilson said she was inundated with emails from doctors, teachers and parents who did not have access to tests in Twickenham.

She said: “Some of them have also been advised that if they put an Aberdeen zip code into the system they can get a test at Twickenham and they have succeeded.

"Could the Foreign Minister please tell me how on earth does a world-class testing and tracing system work in this way, and what is he doing to rectify the problem?

"And in the meantime, does he recommend I tell constituents who urgently need a test to play the system this way?"

NHS swab testing center in Twickenham and Chessington, Surrey

After the outbreak of coronavirus disease in Bury on September 15, 2020, people line up outside a community center for a coronavirus test

After the outbreak of coronavirus disease in Bury on Sept. 15, people line up outside a community center for a coronavirus test

Mr Hancock replied "no" saying MPs should tell their constituents that tests are "available in large numbers", adding, "People should take this seriously and not play the system."

The coronavirus test infrastructure is besieged by the worried well, and there are large queues outside the centers in England.

Long lines were pictured today at locations in Southend, Bury, Birmingham and Manchester as Health Secretary Matt Hancock asked questions about the system – doctors, nurses, nursing home residents and teachers couldn't be screened.

Internal test and trace studies by the Ministry of Health estimate that around 25 percent of all who book a test do not meet the requirements for it.

A test center has been set up in a parking lot at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, with cars running every few minutes.

A woman uses an umbrella to protect herself from the sun while she waits for a coronavirus test outside a community center in Bury, UK on September 15

A woman uses an umbrella to protect herself from the sun while she waits for a coronavirus test outside a community center in Bury, UK on September 15

Mom of two, Melissa Wood, 41, said, “My partner thinks he has it, so I thought I'd better get one.

"I think too many people have a test when they don't need one."

43-year-old businessman Mark Bowen, who was booked as a work colleague a day ago, had symptoms.

WHO CAN GET A CORONAVIRUS TEST?

Anyone regardless of age can get a coronavirus test, but the government insists that only those with symptoms should apply.

Symptoms include: fever, new persistent cough, or loss of smell or taste.

Nursing home staff and residents should now receive regular tests to determine whether or not they are showing symptoms.

Some hospital staff are routinely tested, but national guidelines do not specifically recommend this.

If you don't have any symptoms

The government says those with no symptoms shouldn't get a test unless they live in an area that is off-site on-site.

Priorities prioritized for testing in England include all NHS staff, such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, caregivers and other frontline health and welfare workers, including community pharmacists and their staff, volunteers and others unpaid caregivers.

Employees of civil servants, including those who work for prisons, probation, courts, charities, and religious personnel are also prioritized.

Those involved in public security and national security, such as: Civilians from the Police and Department of Defense, contractors and armed forces personnel are also prioritized by the government.

Employers can refer key workers for testing if they self-isolate because either they or members of their household have coronavirus symptoms.

In England, all registered adult nursing homes can apply for coronavirus testing.

"My wife tried to book one yesterday and was offered a test in Belfast," he said. “She's unlikely to get on a plane or a ferry to get a test.

& # 39; It's a joke. The government needs to get a grip before we have a second wave. & # 39;

A plumber who had a test in Bolton said, “I've been trying to get a test for days.

At first the only place they offered me was Doncaster, which is miles away.

“But I managed to get one here.

“A lot of people have given up on getting one in Bolton knowing that we are fully booked everywhere as we are a hotspot.

"It's a mess."

Key staff have shown their frustration at being turned away from London's only walk-in coronavirus testing center.

An elementary school student and civil engineer said they couldn't understand why they couldn't take the five-minute exam at the Covid-19 testing center in east London.

And the parents announced that they had been offered a test 175 miles from their London home in Bolton while living minutes from the walk-in clinic in East Ham.

Elementary school counselor Melanie Bailey announced that she had been forced to stop work and keep her son out of school after developing a number of symptoms.

Ms. Bailey, 49, of East Ham told MailOnline, “My son Adam has symptoms and I just want to take a test so I know I have to do something.

“He's had an upset stomach, aching limbs, a sore throat and has started to develop a cough.

“I can't go to work when he's enjoying himself because I could take it to school. Adam cannot go to school if he has Covid as he will infect others.

“But I can't get a test to see if he has it or not.

"I've been to the government website countless times, but it just says" no test pages are available ".

I took him to the hospital and they gave me a letter saying Adam needed to take a test.

“But they won't let us in.

“It's completely wrong because there is nobody there. The place is empty. & # 39;

Parents Steph Le Couteur and Ephraim Mwakandu shared how they were offered a test for their two-year-old daughter Aurelia, who is 175 miles away in Bolton, although they live just around the corner from the East Ham walk-in testing center.

People are lining up to be admitted to a walk-in testing center in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Birmingham and nearby Solihull are among the newest locations to be subject to local lockdown rules

People are lining up to be admitted to a walk-in testing center in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Birmingham and nearby Solihull are among the newest locations to be subject to local lockdown rules

Internal test and trace studies by the Ministry of Health estimate that around 25 percent of all who book a test do not meet the requirements for it

Internal test and trace studies by the Ministry of Health estimate that around 25 percent of all who book a test do not meet the requirements for it

02 Arena in south east London is used as a Covid-19 test center

02 Arena in south-east London is used as a Covid-19 test center

Steph, 33, told MailOnline: “Our daughter has a cough and will not be admitted to kindergarten unless she has a test to prove she doesn't have Covid.

“We've been trying to get a test for days. I don't know how many times I've been on the government website.

“I was accepted into a testing center, but it was in Bolton – that's ridiculous. We live just around the corner from this testing center in East Ham.

“We can't work or visit friends and relatives until we're sure Aurelia doesn't have the virus.

“It would take five minutes to find out, but they won't let us. But there is nobody there! & # 39;

Civil engineer Paul Campbell shared how frustrated he was that he had to take time off because he couldn't get a test.

The 33-year-old from Romford, Essex told MailOnline, “I have a slight cough. It's not terrible and I don't feel bad, but I want to do the right thing and not spread the disease.

“But I can't get a test to see if I have it or not.

“I've tried the website so many times, but I can't get an appointment. I finally got on the phone, they said you could only book a test on the government website.

A long queue outside a proving ground in Gorton, Manchester

A long queue outside a proving ground in Gorton, Manchester

& # 39; It's completely wrong. There is nobody in the test center. They do not do anything. & # 39;

Patients who think they have coronavirus symptoms can only get a Covid-19 test if they request an appointment at a state testing center.

Applicants must register their details including their address and should then receive appointments at the nearby test center.

However, the government website is not working and there are no appointments available.

One message reads: 'This service is very busy right now.

& # 39; More tests should be available later.

"If you can't book an appointment now, or the time or place is not convenient, try again in a few hours."

It goes on: "Don't call the hotline – you can't get a test that way."

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