Real proportion even lower, as tens of thousands of tests binned before analysis
The number of positive coronavirus results confirmed to the person tested within 24 hours by the UK’s imploding testing system is currently only 8%, according to a report today in the Financial Times. Half of all positive test results are taking at least three days to arrive – and half of those are taking four days or longer, since schools reopened early this month.
But the real scale of the fiasco is worse still, because those figures only include the positive infections that make it through the testing process. As the Sunday Times reported last weekend, tens of thousands of tests have simply been binned without ever being analysed, either because they’ve been left too long to be viable or have been wrongly stored or transported.
In spite of the lack of testing, confirmed new cases remain over 3,000 a day, while COVID-19 hospitalisations have reached a 77-day high, diagnosis of infection among children by NHS triage services has more than quadrupled this month and the number of schools hit by outbreaks is accelerating rapidly.
With 92% of infected people not knowing for days that they’re infected, no wonder.
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