Schoolchildren should be next in line for Covid tests, says UK minister

Robert Buckland admits government faces ‘real challenges’ over testing

Schoolchildren and their parents should be next in line for Covid-19 tests after the NHS and social care, the UK justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has suggested, as he admitted the government was facing “real challenges” in its testing programme.

Buckland’s comments came as a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said ministers would need to “dramatically” increase coronavirus testing to cope with demand during winter.

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