‘Beyond anxious’: sick Bolton residents unable to get Covid tests

Locals in one of most infected towns in Europe told to drive to Wales or Scotland

The reality in Bolton is stark. Locals describe car parks full of sick people with no hope of being tested, a desperately overrun A&E department and people with Covid symptoms having to travel hundreds of miles for a test.

The government has been accused of losing control of testing in the area, which has the highest infection rate of Covid-19 in the country, with the public saying that they are starting to feel abandoned.

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