Boris Johnson is preparing to overrule control-freak health chiefs today amid warnings ‘time is running out’ to scale up coronavirus testing. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has finally signalled a U-turn on the screening regime, after weeks of insisting on all checks being carried out centrally. Instead he has issued a plea for the wider science industry to boost capacity – with Sir Paul Nurse, chief executive of the Francis Crick Institute, saying the government must summon the Dunkirk spirit and let ‘small ship’ labs help out. The previous approach was meant to ensure checks are conducted properly, but the 10,000 per day level achieved so far contrasts sharply with the decentralised tactics deployed successfully in countries like Germany, which is carrying out up to 100,000. Only around 2,800 NHS staff have been tested at drive-through ‘swab stations’ despite fears tens of thousands are off work unnecessarily. The tests for who currently has the virus are viewed as critical for keeping health workers on the frontline, and tracking the outbreak could allow lockdown to be calibrated in ‘hotspots’. But experts say screening for if people have already been through the disease – antibody testing – will be the biggest breakthrough… Read full this story
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