England has no PCR coronavirus tests available in any of its regions today, as the Tories’ ‘test and trace’ system collapses in the face of the spread of the new Covid variant, as the government’s test-booking system shows:
A system with a two-year budget of some £37 billion awarded to a private contractor – equivalent to almost a quarter of the total core NHS budget for this year – has failed again in the early phase of the Omicron wave, despite the government having weeks to prepare since the variant was identified in Southern Africa as the most transmissible strain and doing next to nothing to inhibit its spread.
The Tories’ commitment to privatising essential services – and to rewarding their mates and donors – is again hurting this country and its people. As a result, the daily figures for positive tests will now be meaningless – and people will be forced to isolate who might not be infected, while others will go out or to work not knowing that they have the virus, damaging both individuals and the economy and no doubt leading to more avoidable hospitalisations and deaths and straining the intentionally fractured and underfunded NHS even further.
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