Robert Peston Robert Peston

Why is Britain not using its testing capacity?

An NHS is worker is tested for coronavirus (Photo: Getty)

The government’s excuse for why it didn’t engage in a comprehensive testing and tracking approach to contain Covid-19 after it started to spread throughout the community was that – unlike Germany and South Korea – it did not have the sufficient number of labs to process the tests. Well that excuse is almost exhausted, because testing capacity is increasing rapidly.

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