The health secretary has appeared to blame people without coronavirus symptoms getting tested inappropriately for the system reaching its limit.
Matt Hancock told Sky News’ Kay Burley programme the reason many people have reported being unable to book a test is because the proportion of those asking for tests who have no symptoms has risen to 25%.
“We have seen an increase in demand including from people who are not eligible for tests, people who don’t have symptoms,” he said.
“You are eligible for a test if you have symptoms of coronavirus or if you have a very specific reason otherwise.
“We have seen an increase, and about 25% of people who are coming forward don’t have symptoms and aren’t eligible.”
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