Long distance testing

The COVID Diaries – 153 3rd September

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has reported that the reproduction number of coronavirus on the country is likely to be above one, and could be as high as 1.4.

Meanwhile in England health secretary Matt Hancock has dismissed protests that people are being forced to drive hundreds of miles for a Covid-19 test, insisting the “vast majority” get one easily.

An official website has advised residents in London to travel to Wales and those in Cumbria to head to Scotland – triggering fresh criticism that the much-criticised testing system is failing.

Mr Hancock was told it made a mockery of his claim of a “world-beating testing regime”. 

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