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Hancock says Covid testing crisis may last weeks as UK hospitals plug gaps

Admission comes as more people with Covid symptoms turn up at A&E and call 111

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Britain’s testing crisis could take weeks to resolve, the health secretary has admitted as it emerged that Covid tests from hospitals are being deployed for use in the community to plug holes in the system.

People with Covid symptoms in Rochdale, one of the worst-hit parts of the country, have been turning up at A&E hospital departments and calling 111 desperately seeking tests, the council’s chief executive said.

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