‘It’s world-leadingly bad, is what it is’: the week Covid surged again in UK

Queues for tests are growing, Tory MPs are agitated and doctors are sceptical about the ‘moonshot’

For Alex, an NHS call centre worker, the signs that coronavirus was back in earnest came when his phone wouldn’t stop ringing.

Over the summer, Alex would log on at home to see 70 or 80 people in the queue for advice on booking an appointment for a Covid test. “You’d get answered in a few minutes,” he said. “Last week, that went up to about 100. By this week it was 1,500.”

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