News out this morning has revealed yet further how far behind the country is when it comes to testing. In Southwark just six staff across the entire borough per day can be tested with some in the profession being told to drive to drive-through centres – even though many staff do not drive.
Testing careworkers for COVID19 – this is the current reality – doesn’t scratch the surface. Not sure how many careworkers own cars either, especially in cities. Need more labs testing & a more practical way of administering. @ukhca pic.twitter.com/egk49isnHC
— Jane Townson (@drjanetownson) April 16, 2020
This follows advice to NHS staff in recent weeks after a drive-through centre opened in Greenwich.
Many care staff are on low wages and couldn’t afford a car – yet even among the wider population car ownership in London is the lowest in the country.
In other news the wider numbers of people being tested have just been released by the Department for Health. There has been no real increase over the past week with numbers below target. Individuals tested over the past week have fluctuated between 13,000 and 14,000 except for a dip to 8,000 on Sunday.