Almost 90% of Covid tests in England taking longer than 24 hours to process

Report shows rise to four days for satellite test centre results and almost the same for home tests

Almost nine in 10 of all Covid-19 tests in England are now taking longer than 24 hours to produce a result, as figures also revealed a 75% increase in positive weekly cases.

The 18,371 people who tested positive for the virus in the week of 3-9 September is the highest weekly number since the government’s troubled NHS test-and-trace system was launched at the end of May.

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