UK Covid testing system has ‘huge problems’, admits Boris Johnson

As country hits highest daily number of cases since May, PM warns death rate will also rise

Boris Johnson has said the Covid-19 testing system currently “has huge problems” during a sometimes downbeat appearance before an influential committee of MPs, as new figures showed nearly 4,000 UK cases in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, the highest daily total since early May.

With the number of people admitted to hospital in England with coronavirus also reaching the highest level since the start of July, Johnson warned that the Covid death rate was likely to start rising in the coming weeks.

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