Coronavirus UK information 10pm – Covid take a look at chaos could final WEEKS, Well being Secretary warns as ‘true’ loss of life toll hits 57,500

THE UK’s “true” Covid loss of life toll has surpassed greater than 57,500, the ONS has confirmed.

In figures printed this morning, the ONS reported that there had been 52,420 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales as much as September 4.

Whereas figures printed final week confirmed Scotland had 4,231 Covid deaths as much as September 6 and Northern Eire had 877 deaths as much as September 4.

This new information comes as as much as 230,000 folks wait for his or her take a look at outcomes which Matt Hancock admitted at the moment stated may final for weeks.

The Well being Secretary stated he must set out new guidelines for rationing assessments and prioritising folks within the NHS and social care settings to try to combat the chaos and shortages – as some websites reportedly ran out.

The Well being Sec admitted there had been “operational” challenges to the testing system, blaming people who find themselves not eligible to get swabbed, for delays, and the elevated demand.

And he stated that there was a maintain up of “lower than a day’s capability” – presently at 227,000 for the swab assessments.

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