The growing demand for coronavirus testing in the UK has resulted in those who request it may be forced to travel hundreds of kilometers to take the test. This is a controversy that Boris Johnson’s administration has already promised to end, and that stems from certain spikes.
Government sources, in statements to the BBC, have admitted that some laboratories are “on the verge” after increasing demand in recent weeks. One of those affected, David Llewellyn, told the public broadcaster that the system had offered to drive him 400 kilometers from his home in Suffolk when he requested the test on Sunday.
Authorities claim they can run up to 250,000 tests per day to date and that an average of 175,000 are processed. However, the problem would arise from the fact that it is not a linear demand and that it decreases on weekends but increases on weekdays.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has acknowledged that there might be some “operational challenges” but has promised that the “vast majority” of citizens close to where they live will have access to the test. The executive commits that no one has to travel more than 120 kilometers.