Coronavirus chaos as 'NO tests available in top 10 England hotspots'

THERE are reportedly no coronavirus tests available in England's top 10 hotspots today.

The revelation comes as many areas in the UK are experiencing a surge in cases.

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LBC tried to request a test in each of the postcodes on the Public Health England watchlist – but was reportedly unable to get any.

The Government's online testing portal returned an error message saying there were no home test kits, drive-through or walk-in sites available.

The website reportedly returned a message saying: "This service is currently very busy. More tests should be available later.

"If you cannot book a test now, or the location or time are not convenient, try again in a few hours. Do not call the helplines – you will not be able to get a test this way."

LBC reportedly tried to book a test in Bolton, Salford, Bradford, Blackburn and Darwen, Oldham, Preston, Pendle, Rochdale, Tameside and Manchester.

Bolton is battling the largest outbreak of coronavirus in England with 122 cases for every 100,000 people.

LBC's Westminster reporter Ben Kentish said attempts to get tests in any of the top 10 hotspots were unsuccessful.

"The government testing website simply says the service is very busy and people should come back in a few hours," he said. 

"We tried to get a test in the top ten areas. In all ten they were unable to get any sort of tests in any of the ten areas."

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the £100 billion Operation Moonshot plan which could see 10 million daily Covid-19 tests dished out to Brits.

The PM vowed to roll out new tests which can deliver results in just 15 minutes.




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