Coronavirus testing kits heading to the UK have been found to be contaminated with the virus, Luxembourg-based manufacturer Eurofins, told UK labs on Monday.
The Telegraph reported that the testing kits have now been delayed due to core parts being contaminated.
The news comes as the British Health Secretary announced on Thursday the have a five point plan in “pressing the accelerator” over coronavirus testing, to reach 100,000 tests a day.
Former World Health Organization (WHO) director, Professor Anthony Costello, who now works at University College London, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “We have 44 molecular virology labs in the UK.
“If they were doing 400 tests a day, we would be up to Germany levels of testing and that is perfectly feasible…
“If you look at Korea, they have done 490,000 tests. Their death rate is three per million and they have suppressed the virus.
“I don’t see why we can’t get these 44 labs up and running, finding cases and testing.
“We must go to mass testing and when we remove the lockdown… then we will have a control mechanism which will enable us to wait, without socially distancing the whole country, for drugs or a vaccine for herd immunity.
World Health Organisation chief (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference from Geneva, “We have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing.”
He urges countries to “test, test, test.”
People across the UK are being refused the coronavirus test despite the World Health Organization (WHO) advising the UK health officials to do so.
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