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They shut down a British laboratory that performed 43,000 false COVID-19 tests: all negative

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Health officials in the UK have suspended the operations of a laboratory in the UK this Friday After finding out that it is processed About 43,000 Covid-19 tests were negative.

In a statement, The Health Care Agency (UKHA) explained that the company’s lab is currently closed Massive health hospital Found it in Wolverhampton Approximately 43,000 people received negative PCR results after testing positive for antigens.

Incorrect results from between processed models September 8 and October 12 Mostly from southwest England, UKHA said.

File photo of a person being tested for coronavirus (Covit-19) on April 14, 2021 at the Glapham Common in London, UK.  REUTERS / John Sibley
File photo of a person being tested for coronavirus (Covit-19) on April 14, 2021 at the Glapham Common in London, UK. REUTERS / John Sibley

The company noted that “An Isolated Incident Causes a Laboratory” Also samples analyzed by this company “They are small in a large network” In laboratories across the country, nearly one million PCRs are processed per day.

In the last few weeks, Cases of positive corona virus have increased in the UK, And detected 45,066 between Wednesday and Thursday, 13% higher than a week ago, with 157 deaths, 9% higher.

Also, the UK has announced Fully vaccinated travelers from countries considered “safe” can be tested for antigen within the first 48 hours starting October 24th., Instead of a PCR test.

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In particular, the antigen test can be booked through a private provider from October 22, at the same time as testing centers at some UK airports.

This action Not applicable to vaccinated travelers from countries listed in the Country Red List.

The British government has insisted that thanks for this change The “success” of the vaccination program in the UK and around the worldIt “has protected millions of people and reduced the risks of opening up to international travel.”

File photo: March 28, 2021 A medical staff member prepares an injection with Astrogenega's corona virus vaccine at the vaccination center at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, Great Britain.
File photo: March 28, 2021 A paramedic prepares an injection with the corona virus vaccine of Astrogeneka at the vaccination center at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London, Great Britain. REUTERS / Henry Nichols

For his part, the Secretary of State for Transport, Grand Shops, Ensure that tests are performed when changes to the terms are made “Simple and cheap” for people across the country who are “waiting to enjoy a decent holiday starting in October”.

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“Eliminating the costly mandatory PCR test will increase the travel industry and this An important step in normalizing international travel and encouraging people to book their vacation with confidenceHe added.

(With EFE and Europa Press information)

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