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UK testing error wrongly tells 1,300 people they have coronavirus

UK testing error wrongly tells 1,300 people they have coronavirus

11/28/2020 1:20:00 PM

UK testing error wrongly tells 1,300 people they have coronavirus

Over 1,300 people in Britain were inaccurately informed they were infected with coronavirus after a laboratory error at the government's NHS Test and Trace system, the Department of Health and Social Care told Reuters on Saturday.

Kanishka Singh2 Min Read(Reuters) - Over 1,300 people in Britain were inaccurately informed they were infected with coronavirus after a laboratory error at the government’s NHS Test and Trace system, the Department of Health and Social Care told Reuters on Saturday.

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A man walks past people queueing outside a test centre, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Southend-on-sea, Britain September 17, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley“NHS Test and Trace has contacted 1,311 individuals who were incorrectly told that the result of COVID-19 tests, taken between Nov. 19 and Nov. 23, were positive. An issue with a batch of testing chemicals meant their test results were void,” a department spokesman said in an emailed statement.

“Swift action was taken to notify those affected and they have been asked to take another test, and to continue to self-isolate if they have symptoms.”The laboratory error that led to the problem was an “isolated incident” and was being investigated, the statement said. headtopics.com

The government has announced an extra 7 billion pounds ($9.31 billion) for its COVID-19 testing and contact tracing system as part of an expanded programme of mass testing.The NHS Test and Trace system has been heavily criticised after a series of high-profile failures since its launch earlier this year, and ministers concede it has not performed as well as they had hoped.

In September, nearly 16,000 positive case records were lost from the system for several days – causing a delay in contact tracing. The government blamed a “legacy” file system that cut off records after about 65,000 rows of data.Reuters analysis and interviews with contact tracers have shown issues with the system, and that when looking at non-household contacts, the proportion that is successfully traced is lower.

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😐 The entire UK seems to be an error. Delete and reboot system. Not that anyone in the UK is surprised You have got to be kidding me. You know what supports a maximum of 65000 (or 2^16, 65536, to be exact) records? 'Excel 2003 supports a maximum of 65,536 rows per worksheet.' - plandemic 🙄 that figures. Dido Harding, please step forward.

Lah kocag More like 130,000 I believe attendance at testing centres is pathetic- 25% of booked tests. So each test probably costs about £300 Incompetency at its best! Which UK country? They should have listen to this scientist first. English spoken video. We secretly switched your covid test. It was actually negative and you and your family didn’t need to quarantine for two weeks.

And how many positive people they told was negative? 🤦🏾 Hope they are honest about it. BTW UK mustn't be alone. COVIDIOTS coronavirus There is a player called shikabala in egypt playing in zamalek club This is bullying from alahly club fans .. it's a racism or not to dress a dog and called him shikabala .... 15 years of racism and bullying against this player because of his color I trust u in this case

They must've thought they just have no symptoms. Not a big deal. Bravo 👏 capitano 😐 We are demanding rights but the government wants to suppress our voice. FarmersProtest PanjabvsDelhi WarisPanjabDe Not shocked horrible MINSAPma That number is far too small! Isnt that the norm? Coronavirus testing is a joke. Half are false positives sowing confusion on infection rates.

Yes, I think its probably slightly more than that 😅 PaulGosling1 World beating 1,300 false positives, when UK is doing 2 Million tests a week. Not bad going really. numbers are all here No harm done, I'd be worried if it was the other way around and they got told negative when they actually had it Nothing new there then

Very confusing We need national reparations. Outsourcing (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Mike Harrison) CT scan of chest helps to confirm if there is fever? Here come all the COVID deniers saying this means they're all wrong... Better than the other way around I guess. 😳 Mountainous burden they carry on their shoulders put together with unnecessary hospital stays which in more circumstances resulted to REAL infections. Another mammoth task if quarantined at home......

I think you mist a few 0's there 🤔 England's government is REALLY competent, eh? This is what happens when you vote for incompetent ideologues. Well known from Eastern Europe before 1989. None of the tests diagnose anything, what is wrong with the stupid media Omggg some isolation for no reason 😹 this is actually horrible that there are a large number that either test positive and don’t have the virus or vice versa. COVIDー19 COVIDSecondWave coronavirus

it would be worse if they told them no and had it..... Hahaha the UK failed its own test ...... and now ? horrible where'd they get their kits? 🤦 Ups... Who knows how many 'error-terror' tests are really done Damn they should file up lawsuits THAT’S WHY THESE DAMN FUCKING NUMBERS AREN’T ACCURATE!!!! 😡😡😡