Coronavirus: 50,000 tests sent to the US due to lab ‘problems’

Derrick Santistevan

Around 50,000 coronavirus test samples had to be sent to the US due to “operational issues” in the UK, it has actually been exposed.

The samples were flown to the US on chartered flights from Stansted airport, according to a report in The Sunday Telegraph.

The Department of Health stated such a relocation was amongst the “contingencies” to handle “problems”.

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A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care stated: “The growth of the UK’s coronavirus screening network has actually included establishing a completely brand-new ‘Lighthouse’ lab network to procedure test swabs.

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” When issues develop, we have contingencies in location that include producing additional short-term capability for our laboratories or sending out swabs abroad to partner laboratories for conclusion.

“Of course, our partner labs must match our high standards.”

The department stated work has actually been done to resolve the problems and it is comprehended the test results will be confirmed in the UK prior to clients are notified of the results “as quickly as possible”.

Previously, it was exposed that 96,878 tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday – the seventh successive day that the number fell below the federal government’s 100,000- a-day target.

However deputy primary medical officer Teacher Jonathan Van-Tam blamed “fluctuations”, stating: “We are now actually at a high plateau, in the area of 100,000 tests daily.

” There is some variation, and rather honestly I anticipate there to be some variation on a day-to- day basis.”

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