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The UK has reported its highest-ever daily total of new coronavirus cases.
On Thursday there were 6,634 new Covid-19 cases in Britain, the highest daily total since the pandemic began.
The vast majority of the day's cases were recorded in England, at 5,632. Scotland recorded 465 infections, Wales 348 and Northern Ireland 189.
Forty deaths from the virus were also recorded, all but three happening in England.
Despite today's total being a record high, experts believe that during the peak of the pandemic in April and May there were far more new infections happening.
Imperial College researchers believe at one point more than 100,000 people were contracting the virus every day.
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Consistent testing didn't kick off until May so most initial cases would have been missed at the time.
Even now it's estimated that testing only picks up on approximately one third of all current infections.
One of the country's top scientists recently claimed that coronavirus testing in the UK is "dying on its a***" as labs failing to keep up with demand.
Dr Phil Robinson, a genomics expert and inventor who visited the labs, says "every part of the process was poor" – as thousands of Brits struggle to book themselves a test locally.
He has now slammed the chaotic system, saying processes should be standardised for maximum efficiency.
Dr Robinson told the Times: "Testing is dying on its a*** because schools are going back and here we are again.
"They haven't used that period of lockdown to implement automation."
He says that labs are overwhelmed with thousands of packages each day, with staff working in a buddy system to check each stage of workings.
Dr Robinson said: "Even with two people, with the best in the business, they make mistakes.
"Every part of the process was poor. The other ludicrous issue they have is they have 20 different types of tube coming into the lab.
"When you are running a high throughput lab it's only sensible to have one. Why they haven't standardised that I have no idea."
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