Mistakes at UK coronavirus testing lab could have led to 20 deaths

England’s government agency responsible for responding to public health emergencies said errors in the testing lab meant that tens of thousands of positive COVID-19 cases reported as negative could lead to death of 20 people.

The UK has one of the highest mortality from coronavirus More than 177,000 people have died globally since the pandemic began in 2020.

The UK Health Safety Agency discovered the Immensa lab. central England, it was found that about 39,000 tests were erroneously reported as negative when they should have been positive between 2 and Oct. 12 last year.

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A sign for rapid PCR testing for Covid-19 in London on July 11, 2022.

A sign for rapid PCR testing for Covid-19 in London on July 11, 2022.
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“During this investigation, we have taken a close look at the existing oversight arrangements for private lab contracts conducting impulse testing during this time,” said Richard Gleave, UKHSA director and lead investigator.

“We believe there was no action that NHS Test and Trace could have taken differently to prevent this error from occurring in a private lab. However, our report sets out clear recommendations for reducing the risk of similar incidents happening again. “