Coronavirus testing

  1. Covid testing lab problems started six days earlier

    The errors at a private coronavirus testing lab in Wolverhampton began six days earlier than previously stated, the UK Health Security Agency has said.

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    It said everyone affected had been contacted individually.

    Launching an investigation last week, head of NHS Test and Trace Dr Jenny Harries said it was "not clear yet" what had gone wrong at the lab run by Immensa Health Clinic.

    The error may have meant that thousands of people were wrongly told to stop isolating and may have infected others.

    It took more than a month to identify the failings that led to an estimated 43,000 people being given the wrong results from PCR tests.

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  3. 'Handful' of false negative PCR tests were from East Yorkshire

    “Only a handful” of coronavirus PCR test results from East Yorkshire were among the thousands of negative results falsely returned from a private lab in Wolverhampton, health bosses have said.

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    East Riding Council’s Public Health Director Andy Kingdom said less than 100 false negative results were given to people in Yorkshire and the Humber from the Immensa Health Clinic lab, which may have incorrectly told 43,000 people their test was negative.

    He added it meant very few East Riding PCR tests would need to be redone, with most of those affected thought to be from the South West.