Government apologises for Covid testing delays at UK care homes

Nursing home operator says results are taking seven days instead of promised 72 hours

The government has been forced to apologise for continuing delays to Covid testing, which care home bosses and GPs warn are threatening to lead to more infections among the most vulnerable people.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) admitted to breaking its promise to provide test outcomes within 72 hours, as one nursing home operator in Cheshire told the Guardian that results have taken seven days and the delay may have caused infected staff to pass the virus to a resident.

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