UK Government insist there’s no delay to covid tests at Glasgow lab
The UK Government has insisted there is no delay to covid test results at a Scottish laboratory.
A Scottish Office spokesman denied there was any “capacity issue” at the UK Government’s Glasgow Lighthouse Lab.
The response came just hours after Nicola Sturgeon urged the UK Government to resolve a processing delay in covid test results.
In a tweet on Sunday afternoon, she wrote: “Today’s figure for positive Covid cases should be treated with some caution due to a processing delay within the UK lab system.
“@scotgov is liaising with the UK government to understand and resolve this as quickly as possible. I will give update at daily briefing tomorrow.”
Sunday’s figures released by the Scottish Government show there were 0 deaths recorded overnight in Scotland and 316 new cases.
But the delay in test results has created a false picture and the government is warning there could be a spike in case numbers as testing catches up on Monday and Tuesday.
A statement on the Scottish Government website earlier on Sunday said: “We were notified late last week of a testing capacity issue with the UK Government Lighthouse facility in Glasgow.
“This has meant around 64,000 tests from across the UK, including Scotland, will be rerouted this weekend to other testing sites in the UK and Northern Ireland, including tests from our physical testing sites, for example Regional Tests sites.
“It is important to note that the majority of these tests are still well within the 24 and 48 hour timeframe ...
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