Test and Trace halted at lab after 43,000 people given false negative Covid tests
Test and Trace operations have been halted at a laboratory after around 43,000 people were issued with incorrect negative Covid-19 tests.
“We have recently seen a rising number of positive LFD results subsequently testing negative on PCR,” public health incident director at UK Health Security Agency, Dr Will Welfare said.
“As a result of our investigation, we are working with NHS Test and Trace and the company to determine the laboratory technical issues which have led to inaccurate PCR results being issued to people.”
Welfare added that the private laboratory based in Wolverhampton has suspended its testing while the investigation continues.
It is thought that most people impacted by the false tests are based in the South West of England.
More to follow.