Matt Hancock accused of blaming public for Covid test shortages

UK health secretary claims a quarter of people coming forward for checks are ineligible

The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, has been accused of blaming the public for the mounting problems with access to Covid-19 tests after he claimed that a quarter of those coming forward for checks were ineligible because they were asymptomatic.

Hancock has spearheaded efforts to expand testing, urging people to get checked if they have symptoms or “have any doubt”.

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