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PM plans to spend almost as much as the entire NHS budget testing every Briton each week


Boris Johnson's "Moonshot" mass testing program to get life back to normal will cost £ 100 billion, a leaked memo said.

The radical government plans could run up to 10 million coronavirus tests a day by early next year to drastically expand the existing program.

It comes after the Prime Minister effectively put the Christmas celebrations on hold yesterday when he warned that draconian new restrictions on gatherings of more than six people could be here for months – while Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty put his finger on & # 39; Generation Z & # 39; # 39; showed to inflame them an increase in cases.

Addressing the nation at the first No. 10 press conference since July, the prime minister said last week's surge in infections had left him no choice but to tighten the lockdown across England for the first time since March.

To avoid further reversals, a memo was sent to Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish Cabinet Secretaries which, according to the BMJ, set out proposals for mass tests to support economic activity and return to normal life.

The memo reads: "This is described by the Prime Minister as our only hope of avoiding a second national lockdown on a vaccine, which the country cannot afford."

The government currently spends £ 130 billion each year on the NHS in England, so such a move is close to the amount pledged to all health care, which in itself represents around 20 percent of all public spending.

This is also the cost of the country's education budget and represents a nearly 30x increase in testing capacity in the UK. Currently, only 350,000 tests are performed daily.

The indoor and outdoor audiences in Salford will be tested that day in a pilot program in Salford next month, with those who come back positive being sent home and those found to be free of the approved virus .

On top of fears of causing even longer-term financial suffering, given that debt as a percentage of GDP is already at levels not seen since the 1960s, experts warn of Laboratory Capacities, among other things, that the plan may not even be rolled out can.

Two of the government's greatest scientific advisors have been among the skeptics because they fear tens of millions of people may be mistakenly directed to isolate themselves.

Prof. Whitty poured cold water on the idea that millions might soon be tested daily, while scientific director Sir Patrick Vallance said it was not a "slam dunk that can definitely happen".

"I think there is a likelihood that we will have tests of this type at some point in the not too distant future, but the not too distant future covers a fairly long period of time," said Prof. Whitty.

"And I think it is important that we don't set a date and say, 'By then this will be achieved" because we have to be absolutely certain that these tests work and that they work within the framework. " ;

Elsewhere on another dramatic day of the coronavirus news:

  • The UK has announced 2,659 more coronavirus cases and eight deaths as Boris Johnson announces that people will need to cut back on social contact to contain coronavirus as infections rise.
  • The Oxford and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study was suspended for safety reasons after a UK volunteer had a "serious" reaction that could have been caused by an injection
  • Business leaders, MPs and academics told the Prime Minister not to re-lock the UK and a think tank warned that a second shutdown would be "catastrophic".
  • Health bosses apologized for testing system bugs after many people were unable to book due to lab residue

Boris Johnson will invest £ 100 billion – almost the entire NHS budget – in funding a "moon shot," which tests every British citizen every week to fight the coronavirus, a leaked memo said

A pie chart shows how roughly 20 percent of the UK's public spending goes on health care, with the government looking to spend a similar amount on the Moonshot project

A pie chart shows how roughly 20 percent of the UK's public spending goes on health care, with the government looking to spend a similar amount on the Moonshot project

The head of Heathrow urges ministers to expedite access to a Covid test, tested by his airport, which gives results in just 20 SECONDS

Heathrow chief John Holland-Kaye is calling on the government to speed up a Covid-19 test that gives results in 20 seconds.

It did so after the Prime Minister announced plans for mass testing as part of what is known as Operation Moonshot, which allowed millions of people to be tested every day to "behave as the pre-Covid world did".

The new Virolens test, which is said to provide results in 20 seconds, was launched on Wednesday after a three-week test at Heathrow Airport.

The test, which uses saliva from a swab, was developed by the British start-up iAbra and is about to start clinical studies so that it can be certified for medical use.

The company said the test does not require a healthcare professional and is repeatable, with each screening device capable of performing hundreds of tests per day.

The current gold standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed in laboratories use swabs and must be processed at different temperatures, so results take longer.

Workplaces, schools, soccer stadiums, entertainment venues, general practitioners' offices, and pharmacies are described as potential locations for testing.

Digital immunity passes for those who take negative tests would also be introduced to allow safe travel, return to work, and other activities.

The memo reads: "This is described by the Prime Minister as our only hope of avoiding a second national lockdown on a vaccine, which the country cannot afford."

However, critics have already criticized the so-called Operation Moonshot for its apparent lack of input from scientists and public health experts and its apparent refusal to address issues with existing testing and tracking programs.

There are fears that most of the technology included in the plan doesn't even exist yet. Ditch the logistical headache of running 10 million daily tests for officers dealing with just a few hundred thousand.

The number of tests will gradually increase, reports the Guardian. The current number rises to two to four million in December before a “future vision” of 10 million is reached early next year.

In addition, the huge spending promise is set against the backdrop of the economic crisis as the UK's mountain of debt is above GDP for the first time in decades due to the effects of the coronavirus.

Public sector debt surged over £ 2 trillion for the first time in history as the government was forced to borrow cash to keep UK plc afloat

According to the latest data released by the Office of National Statistics, ministers borrowed £ 26.7 billion in July alone.

The ONS said borrowing for July was £ 28.3 billion more than at the same time last year when public finances were actually in surplus, and that this is the case fourth highest since records began in 1993.

Economists will argue that the commitment of an additional £ 100 billion would only exacerbate Britain's growing debt problem.

Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), said it was unclear how the plan would work in light of the "major problems" with laboratory capacity right now.

"And the idea of ​​opening society on the basis of negative tests from people with no symptoms needs to be approached with caution – both because of the high rate of" false negatives "and the potential for missing those who incubate the virus" , added Dr. Nagpaul added.

Professor Jose Vazquez-Boland, Chair of Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh, said: “The focus of testing is currently on confirming suspected cases (people with symptoms), so most of the community transmission comes from asymptomatic people.

"Only a mass screening program like this alternative plan announced by the Prime Minister, in which the entire population is regularly tested for asymptomatic transmitters, can keep Covid-19 under control and eventually lead to its eradication."

The figure shows the debt as a percentage of the gross national product from 1994 to 2020

The figure shows the debt as a percentage of the gross national product from 1994 to 2020

Debt, expressed as a percentage of GDP, is now at the level last seen in the UK in the 1960s

Debt, expressed as a percentage of GDP, is now at the level last seen in the UK in the 1960s

The UK's mountain of debt is larger than GDP for the first time in decades due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The graph shows that the debt ratio has been much higher in the past

The UK's mountain of debt is larger than GDP for the first time in decades due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The graph shows that the debt ratio has been much higher in the past

A pie chart shows public sector spending over 2020-21, including £ 178 billion on health across the UK. Around £ 130 billion of this is spent on the NHS in England

A pie chart shows public sector spending over 2020-21, including £ 178 billion on health across the UK. Around £ 130 billion of this is spent on the NHS in England

NEW LOCKDOWN RULES FOR ENGLAND FROM MONDAY

  • Max social gatherings SIX PEOPLE
  • Applies indoors and outdoors
  • Applies in private homes
  • Applies in pubs and restaurants
  • Does NOT apply to schools or workplaces
  • Does NOT apply to weddings, funerals, team sports
  • Does NOT apply if household bubbles are larger than six people
  • Police will be asked to break up larger groups and impose £ 100 fines which will then double to £ 3,200 for each repeat offense

Dr. Joshua Moon, a research fellow in the Scientific Research Policy Department (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School, expressed concerns about the plans.

He said: “A negative result could be that the individual is really negative and therefore not infectious, or that the individual is infected but has not yet tested positive at the beginning of the incubation period, or that the test itself may not have enough viral material captured on the swab or saliva to test positive.

"In only one of these cases should the person move as usual."

Dr. David Strain, clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter and chairman of the BMA's medical academic staff committee, said, “The mass testing strategy is fundamentally flawed because it is based on technology that does not yet exist.

"The prime minister's suggestion that this will be as simple as a pregnancy test that gives results in 15 minutes is unlikely, if not impossible, to get the country back on track in the timeframe he is proposing."

"The concern is that comments like this could undermine the credibility of some of the other very responsible measures that have been announced, notably stopping the larger social gatherings, delaying the reopening of large venues, and shifting the 'rule of six' from leadership to law . & # 39;

The private sector will rely heavily on it to achieve the mass tests. This is evident from the leaked documents, with "comfort letters" signed with the big company to run three million tests a day by December.

GSK is named in the memo as the supplier of tests, the laboratory capacity would be provided by AstraZeneca and Serco, and G4S would provide logistics and storage.

A health ministry spokesman said: “This country now has the ability to test for coronavirus on an unprecedented scale. We are investing £ 500 million in next generation testing, such as saliva testing and rapid turnaround testing, which can produce results in just 20 minutes.

"We're increasing capacity to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. The ability to get quick results on-site will greatly improve our ability to fight coronavirus, contain the spread and recover our economy."

Slides presented at the press conference tonight show younger people are driving the rise in Covid cases

The weekly incidence per 100,000 people

Slides presented at the press conference tonight show younger people are driving the rise in Covid cases

Official figures showed GDP grew 1.8 percent in May, though it's still nearly a quarter lower than before the draconian coronavirus restrictions were in place. In this graph, 100 represents the size of the economy in 2016

According to the watchdog's central scenario, national debt will rise if the UK is hit by the coronavirus crisis. By 2023/14, debt will be £ 660 billion higher than forecast in March

According to the watchdog's central scenario, national debt will rise if the UK is hit by the coronavirus crisis. By 2023/14, debt will be £ 660 billion higher than forecast in March

Meanwhile, the UK's assistant chief physician, Dr. Jenny Harries said there are "clear plans" to deal with potential outbreaks at universities as the numbers peak in cases within the age groups 17-29.

Speaking on ITV's Peston Show, she said, “There has been a lot of work with the Department of Education and higher education representatives in the universities, and there are very clear plans, including breakout plans should there be cases, but especially specific advice for students that may move across the country or move to other households. "

When asked if a university could be banned during outbreaks, she said, “In the same way, we would look at any environment, whether it is a place of work or a residence that we saw in family units too, or on a street, if the university were an area where we had different cases, we could see a chain of transmission, then the health teams would try to contain it. & # 39;

When asked if the government could reach Operation Moonshot, she said, “Technically there are a number of different tests. The difficulty is in evaluating all of them and putting them into a program.

“We want to go back to as much normality as possible, and any opportunity to do this through a new testing program or using a different testing technology is clearly a good thing, but it's not that easy to do.

"I think it's both the test and the way it's handled and used that we have to work through."

She described people's frustration at being offered a test in remote locations as "disappointing".

When asked about confusing government news about testing, she said, "I think the news has always been, if you have symptoms, get a test."

It turned out that theaters and sports venues could soon test all viewers and let those with a negative result in under the Prime Minister's plans to get life back to normal in Britain.

Mr Johnson announced today that a pilot program will be launched in Salford next month that will test the audience that day, both indoors and outdoors, to determine if it is contagious.

Those who test positive for coronavirus will be sent home, while those who test negative will be admitted.

The prime minister said if the pilot is successful, the measures could be rolled out nationwide as part of its "Moonshot" mass test plans, which the government hopes will pave the way for an end to social distancing.

Mr Johnson previously said he wanted everyone in the UK to have access to daily coronavirus tests at some point, with pregnancy checks delivering results in just 15 minutes.

Mr Johnson said at a coronavirus news conference on Downing Street tonight that negative testing would effectively give people a "passport" that would give them the "freedom to mingle with everyone else in ways that are not currently possible are also not contagious ".

The Prime Minister said he hoped the mass testing approach would be "widespread" by spring.

Mr Johnson told the news conference that so far, tests have mainly been used to identify people with the disease so that they can be isolated from the rest of society.

The prime minister said this will continue to be a priority with the aim of increasing testing capacity to 500,000 a day by the end of October.

But he said that "in the near future we want to start using tests to identify negative people … so we can allow them to act more normally".

He said new types of coronavirus tests that are "simple, fast, and scalable are becoming available" that can deliver results in 90 or even 20 minutes and run millions of dollars in tests every day.

Mr Johnson said, “This level of testing would allow people to lead more normal lives without the need for social distancing.

“Theaters and sports venues could test all viewers that day and let in those with a negative result, all those who are not contagious.

"Workplaces could be opened up to anyone who tests negative that morning and behaves in ways that were normal before COVID."

He added, “Well, that's an ambitious agenda, but we'll be testing this approach with audiences both indoors and outdoors in Salford starting next month. And then we hope to go nationwide.

& # 39; There are a number of challenges. We need the technology to work. We have to get the necessary materials to make so many tests. We need to set up an efficient distribution network. And we have to cope with the numerous logistical challenges.

The UK's coronavirus test positivity rate has remained unchanged since June, showing that the proportion of people who test positive is not changing drastically - this suggests that the increasing number of cases is related to the increasing number of tests

The UK's coronavirus test positivity rate has remained unchanged since June, showing that the proportion of people who test positive is not changing drastically – this suggests that the increasing number of cases is related to the increasing number of tests

“And like I said, we're not there yet, and I should reiterate that in managing this period of high demand, it is particularly important that people who have no symptoms and have not been specifically instructed to have a test should not be report a test – because they could take a test away from someone who really needs it. & # 39;

Mr Johnson said the Moonshot test will require "a huge, combined effort by government, business, public health professionals, scientists, logistics professionals and many, many more."

"Work is in progress – and we will continue at pace until we get there around the clock," he said.

Mr Johnson said he hoped the approach would be "widespread by spring" but "if it all comes together, even for challenging sectors like theater, it might be possible to live a life that is much more normal before Christmas".

He added, "That gives you some sort of passport … the freedom to mingle with everyone else who are also not contagious in ways that are currently impossible."

However, senior scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance cautioned the plans as he said there was great uncertainty about developing accurate saliva tests.

When asked if the proposed Moonshot daily saliva test might actually work, Sir Patrick said, "Some of them we don't yet know they work. So things like cross flow tests are not yet widely used, have not been validated.

Tests have increased significantly from no more than 13,000 tests per day in early April to around 150,000 in July and 200,000 in August

Tests have increased significantly from no more than 13,000 tests per day in early April to around 150,000 in July and 200,000 in August

“There are prototypes that look like they have some effect, but they need to be properly tested. Hence, as always with technology, there are unknowns and we would be completely wrong to assume that this is a slam dunk that can definitely happen. I think this needs to be tested carefully. & # 39;

Mr Johnson had said on the Prime Minister's questions at lunchtime that he would like everyone in the UK to have a daily coronavirus test to get life back to normal.

The prime minister said his "vision" for the future is for the entire nation to have access to a pregnancy test that would reveal whether someone had the virus within 15 minutes.

The Prime Minister said the so-called "activation tests" could be used at the start of the day so workers can be sure if they are infected and need to stay home.

The government is facing increasing pressure on the current NHS testing and tracing program after numerous reports of people being asked to drive long distances to be screened or unavailable checks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock blamed people without symptom screening tests for the fighting.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson warned there could be draconian new coronavirus restrictions for months – as Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty put his finger on & # 39; Generation Z & # 39; showed because in some cases it caused an increase.

Addressing the nation at the first No. 10 press conference since July, the prime minister said last week's surge in infections had left him no choice but to tighten the lockdown across England for the first time since March. "We have to act," he said.

He signaled that the "six-point limit" for the number of people who can socialize together will continue to exist for some time after the party has sparked a sharp rise among the younger generation. Aside from a vaccine, he said the only other way out before Christmas would be a "moon shot" of introducing daily mass testing for everyone, but admitted that "it all has to come together".

In a direct appeal to young people, Mr Johnson said they should consider their behavior "for the good of your parents" and the health of your grandparents.

Prof. Whitty said the number of coronavirus cases has increased "much faster" in the past few days. While the numbers remained "flat" in older people and children, there were "rapid upward movements" in other age groups.

He said the numbers for 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had "really increased quite steeply" since mid-August. He said data suggests that, without action, the UK would be on an "extremely similar" path to France, where the numbers have continued to rise – and warned the situation would likely be dangerous by spring.

Government sources were gloomy about a "difficult six months". An official warned that it was not a "few weeks and we'll be back to where we were" scenario and said the R number was "well above one".

As of Monday, it will be illegal to gather in groups of seven or more across England, indoors or outdoors.

The limit – sparked by concerns about partying young people causing a flare-up – is a dramatic reduction from the July 4th maximum of 30. It is enforced by police with fines of £ 100 and doubles up to £ for each repeated violation 3,200. The only exceptions are schools, workplaces and a limited number of other locations.

Pubs and restaurants are also required by law to collect contact information from customers. Before that, they were only asked to act in governance. And Mr Johnson said the government needs to "revise and review" the return of theaters and stadium events, with a 1,000-attendee cap for sports games.

Mr Johnson said he was "sorry" that larger households couldn't meet because they were above the six-person threshold. "But as your prime minister, I must do everything I can to stop the virus from spreading."

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that with the surge in infections over the past week, he had no choice but to act

Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app run by King & # 39; s College London shows there were days in March and April when it was estimated that more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus were caught in the UK. However, the test numbers showed less than 6,500 which means that the number of cases can now no longer be compared to those as the current estimated number of new cases is around 3,200 and many of them are now being tested as they are only going away small numbers were at the start

Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app run by King & # 39; s College London shows there were days in March and April when it was estimated that more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus were caught in the UK. However, the test numbers showed less than 6,500 which means that the number of cases can now no longer be compared to those as the current estimated number of new cases is around 3,200 and many of them are now being tested as they are only going away small numbers were at the start

CORONAVIRUS CASES DO NOT COMPARE NOW AS FOR THE SPRING CRISIS, WHEN 100,000 A DAY CATCH IT

The government has repeatedly warned over the past few weeks that coronavirus cases are rising in the UK and officials announced today that socialization rules need to be tightened again.

Official test numbers show that the number of people who get positive results has returned to levels last seen in May when the country was still at a standstill.

However, data shows that this comparison is misleading, as some scientists estimate that as of the end of March, more than 100,000 people a day got the disease but had not been tested.

Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app, operated by King & # 39; s College London and health technology company ZOE, showed the number of estimated cases in the UK on March 30th was 1,779,303, up 102,200 from the previous day was.

However, official tests then only showed 3,250 new cases out of just over 8,000 tests.

So 3,000 positive cases, with about 180,000 tests being done daily, are not comparable as there are so many more negatives.

Rationed testing in the spring meant only a fraction of the people who carried the disease actually got tested – mostly those sick enough to be in the hospital.

Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker, operated by King & # 39; s College London, shows there were days in March and April when it was estimated that more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus were caught in the UK, but test numbers showed less than 6,500

Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker, operated by King & # 39; s College London, shows there were days in March and April when it was estimated that more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus were caught in the UK, but test numbers showed less than 6,500

Official test numbers suggest no more than 6,500 people have ever contracted the virus in a day, meaning the increases are now near scary levels, but they are not comparable as tests are now catching so many more hidden cases

Official test numbers suggest no more than 6,500 people have ever contracted the virus in a day, meaning the increases are now near scary levels, but they are not comparable as tests are now catching so many more hidden cases

At times, more than 40 percent of people tested had positive results, with a high positive rate showing a large proportion of people who believed they really had Covid-19 and many more likely to be missing.

Now, however, the positive test rate is around two percent, which means that most people who believe they have coronavirus actually don't, so fewer cases are likely to be overlooked.

The new rules follow an increase in cases from 12.5 per 100,000 people to 19.7 per 100,000 in the UK last week – with a particular increase in infections among young people.

Infections are most common in the 19 to 21 age group with 54 cases per 100,000 people.

Mr. Johnson told Briefing # 10 that he knew that the rules had become "quite complicated and confusing" as the crisis progressed.

"We react, simplify and strengthen the rules and make them more understandable for everyone," he said.

He continued, “This rule of six will of course raise difficult cases, for example, two whole households will not be able to meet if they collectively cross the limit of six, and I am sorry and I wish that we didn't have to take this step.

“But as your prime minister, I must do what is necessary to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. And of course, we will keep reviewing the rule of six and only keep it for as long as necessary. & # 39;

Mr Johnson said he had hired the cabinet to enforce the rules, adding, "Going forward, spaces where people meet socially will be required by law to request the contact details of a member of each party, record and retain that data for 21 days and." provide them to NHS Test and Trace immediately if necessary. & # 39;

The introduction of "Covid-safe marshals" in city centers will also help increase social distancing, he said.

Enforcement of quarantine rules for arrivals in the UK is also being stepped up.

Mr Johnson said the government was "working hard" to increase testing capacity to 500,000 a day by the end of October – and he said the "moon shot" was introducing daily testing.

He said, “So far we have mainly used tests to identify positive people. So we can isolate them from the community and protect high risk groups.

& # 39; And that will continue to be our priority. We are working hard to increase our testing capacity to 500,000 tests per day by the end of October.

"But in the future, in the near future, we want to use tests to identify people who are negative – who don't have coronavirus and who are not infectious – so we can allow them to behave in more normal ways." Know that they cannot infect anyone with the virus.

& # 39; And we believe we hope that new test types will become available that are simple, fast, and scalable.

'You use swabs or saliva and can turn the results over in 90 or even 20 minutes.

"What should be crucial is that these tests can be used on a much larger scale than has been the case in any country – literally millions of tests processed every day."

However, Prof. Whitty and Scientific Director Patrick Vallance poured cold water on the idea that such a regime could soon be introduced.

Sir Patrick said it was not a "slam dunk that can definitely happen".

And Prof. Whitty said that while he personally thought saliva tests were likely to be developed, the time scales were highly uncertain.

In a grim assessment of the upcoming slog, Prof. Whitty said, “Everyone I think in the country will know, and it has been widely reported that the period of fall and winter when all respiratory viruses benefit is because people crowd get together, more things are done indoors, among other things, it becomes difficult.

“So the time between now and spring will be difficult because it is a respiratory virus.

"I think in terms of the restrictions in place, people should consider this the next block of time that may not last many months, but it is very unlikely to be over in just two or three weeks."

When asked if he has given up his declared ambition to get the country back to normal by Christmas, Mr Johnson said, “Whether we will ever get things back to normal by Christmas, I am still hopeful, as I said earlier, that in many ways we might be able to get some aspects of our lives back to normal by Christmas.

“I was just talking about how you can do that. With this moonshot of daily tests, everyone gets a pregnancy test, a quick turn-around test in the morning. 15 minutes later you will know whether you are contagious or not.

“You may not know whether you are infected or not, but you do know whether you are contagious or not, and that gives you some sort of passport, the freedom to mingle with anyone else who is similarly not currently contagious impossible. & # 39;

The 21-year-old mother travels 90 minutes for a coronavirus test only to be turned away in tears upon arrival

By Faith Ridler for MailOnline

Kirstie Penman, 21, traveled from Wrexham to Telford for a coronavirus test only to be turned away on arrival

Kirstie Penman, 21, traveled from Wrexham to Telford for a coronavirus test only to be turned away on arrival

One mother was in tears after traveling an hour and a half for a coronavirus test only to be turned away on arrival.

Kirstie Penman, 21, a student from Wrexham, first called her doctor to look for antibiotics for a bad breast, but was told she should take a test for Covid-19 instead.

After being driven across the English border to Telford for the next available test, a member of staff told her that she could not be tested as she had not received a QR code when booking.

It comes after that The British Medical Association said today it was "ridiculous" that the coronavirus test booking system is directing people to centers tens or even hundreds of kilometers from their homes.

People have reported being told to drive tens of kilometers, some of them more than 100 miles, or even from Suffolk to Scotland for their next available test that same day.

Ms. Penman, who traveled more than 60 kilometers for the test, said she had no security after being turned away.

"We thought," is this a complete joke, we just drove an hour and a half? "And there was no reassurance or nothing," she said.

"He just said," Sorry, there's a line behind you. You have to come back when you get the code. "

“At that point, I was just starting to cry, upset because it's a long journey for a test. Then we just had to go home. There was really no other option. & # 39;

After trying a number of other options to get tested, the mother of one said she gave up.

"There's no way to get through, it just cuts the phone line," she said.

Boris Johnson told MPs today that his "vision" is for everyone in the UK to have access to daily coronavirus testing

Boris Johnson said today he would like everyone in the UK to have a daily coronavirus test to get life back to normal

She added that her family doctor office has now advised that without a test, she needs to treat her symptoms at home and check her own breathing.

Ms. Penman's experience followed that of a man who said he drove a round trip of more than 400 miles for a test before being told his results had been lost.

The man who did not want to be named worked in Maidstone, Kent, and said he should go to either Newport in Wales or Chesterfield in Derbyshire – both about 200 miles away.

Shortly after Boris Johnson announced his Moonshot plans for more extensive testing, Ms. Penman said, "When you are Prime Minister you have so much time to work out plans and he doesn't seem to be doing anything right."

& # 39; I don't get it. I don't think he did anything right from the start, to be honest.

“Everyone is returning to normal and taking their children to school. It is reported that the cases are getting higher and higher. There could be another lockdown in Wales. So everyone is just confused I guess. & # 39;

An investigation by the BBC found that the coronavirus test booking system routinely tried to direct people to test centers that were tens or hundreds of kilometers from their homes.

Matt Hancock (pictured) blamed people with no coronavirus symptoms who tried to be screened for an ongoing test and pursued the fiasco

Matt Hancock (pictured) blamed people with no coronavirus symptoms who tried to be screened for an ongoing test and pursued the fiasco

London postcodes were routed to Cardiff while someone in Devon may have had to travel more than 100 miles to Wales, and a postcode in the Lake District was routed to a testing center in Scotland.

An unlucky man, David Llewellyn, told the broadcaster to go to a center near Blackburn near Manchester, more than 200 miles from his Suffolk home.

A MailOnline investigation found that the test centers at Twickenham, Heathrow and Greenwich were practically empty, even though callers were told that no slots were available.

A number of people in the capital in need of swabs have now complained that they learned that no one could be taken away in the city.

Dr. Peter English, chairman of public health for the British Medical Association, said: “It is ridiculous that people should be taken so far from their homes to test.

"In some cases, this means driving three hours – and back – which is completely inappropriate at best, let alone for someone who may have Covid-19 symptoms.

"Such distances are expensive, and that's if individuals have access to a car at all."

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