UK failing to use its high Covid test capacity efficiently, study shows

Comparison with five countries highlights poor sample collection, laboratory flaws and lax support for those isolating

The UK has a comparatively high test capacity but is failing to use it efficiently in tackling Covid-19, researchers say, raising concerns including a lack of follow-up and adequate financial support of those isolating.

The UK’s test and trace system has been heavily criticised in recent weeks, with some people advised to travel hundreds of miles for a test and turnaround times plummeting.

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