Coronavirus tests halted over safety fears, as Matt Hancock to make statement

Government has called halt to Covid-19 tests used by NHS because they may be unsafe

BySarah Knapton,

A mobile testing centre at Witton Park High School in Blackburn
A mobile testing centre at Witton Park High School in Blackburn CREDIT: PA

Coronavirus tests used by the NHS may be unsafe and have been halted, the Government has announced. 

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, is to make a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon about the problems with coronavirus kits, which could hamper widespread testing.

The Department of Health said the NHS Test and Trace service had been notified that some test kits produced by Randox Laboratories may not meet required safety standards. 

“As a precautionary measure, and while we investigate further, NHS Test and Trace are requesting that all settings pause the use of Randox test kits with immediate effect and until further notice,” a Government statement said.

“The risk to safety is low and test results from Randox kits are not affected. We will be supporting all…


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