These huge laboratories prove our future national infrastructure to respond to future epidemics and improve care for other diseases, such as cancer. The new laboratories build on the existing testing network that we have set up in a matter of months and confirm that the UK is a world leader in diagnostics.
“The work being done in these laboratories is ultimately saving lives.”
The government’s testing and tracking system has been plagued with problems, with the percentage getting results within 24 hours dropping to just 15.1 percent in mid-October.
Although the capacity is around 520,000, the latest figures, as of last Thursday, show just under 380,000 tests, the most since the start of the epidemic, with about 70 percent of people receiving results the next day.
The prime minister has placed testing and tracking at the core of the government’s strategy to combat the spread of the disease, but Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific officer, acknowledged that the delay had “diminished” the plan’s effectiveness.
Ministers hope that thanks to advanced robotics and automation, laboratories will significantly reduce the time it takes to process tests.
Baroness Dido Harding, Test head and tracer under fire The new head of the National Institute for Public Protection said laboratories “will not only mean more testing, but also that they can be processed more quickly and less time to receive results.”
Testing capacity in the UK increased from 100,000 per day at the end of April and is on top of the rapid “side-flow” tests for Covid-19 that have been piloted in Liverpool for people who are asymptomatic and can provide results in less than 15 minutes.
It is currently being circulated to 67 other authorities.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, head of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said the measures have slowed the rate of growth of the Coronavirus, raising hopes for a national lockdown lifted on Dec.2, although the R at 1.25 is still a pandemic. Spread and increase.
“We continue to increase the numbers but the good news is, yes, we are seeing a slowdown in the rate of growth,” he said.