‘Get a grip!’ Sturgeon attacked after failure to publish 70,000 coronavirus test results

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RESULTS of more than 70,000 coronavirus tests carried out in Scotland are yet to be published, it has emerged today.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon came under fire earlier today after it was revealed that the results from UK-run Regional Test Centres (RTC) were yet to be published. Monica Lennon MSP, Scottish Labour spokesman said that she was worried the public still didn’t have access to the “full picture” on the number of positive cases in Scotland.

 

She added: “I called on Scottish Government to get a grip of this situation a month ago when this was first brought to light.

“It’s not good enough that major problems are still being experienced this far into the pandemic.

“Both the Scottish Government and UK governments have been too slow at every stage of the response to this crisis.

“Confusion over the true number of positive cases and the ability to trace these doesn’t build confidence in our ability to safely leave lockdown.”

Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Green health spokesperson said it was of “great concern” that so many tests are missing at this stage of the pandemic.

She told The Courier: “Why is this so difficult? Urgency and transparency are key and both are sadly lacking from the Scottish Government in this instance.”

The news, first revealed by The Guardian last month, has led to conflicting statements between the devolved government and Westminster over who is to blame.

The Scottish Government said it only received the “full backlog” of test results last week.

 

However, the UK Government claims to have been sending the information to Holyrood for weeks adding it is “completely incorrect” that the data is missing.

The individuals tested have been receiving the results of the programme, administered by accountancy firm Deloitte.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that data on 72,408 tests had gone through the UK wide system of drive through centres which was being published on a daily basis.

Speaking during her daily briefing today, Ms Sturgeon stressed that it hasn’t been possible to break the data down into positive and negative results.

She said this was because they had only just had the “split” between positive and negative results.

The First Minister also told the briefing that the reproduction rate of the virus, known as the R number, was between 0.6 and 0.8 in Scotland as of last Friday, having dropped from the previous week.

She said that 4,500 people in Scotland were also infectious on Friday, a further decline from 11,500 since the previous week.

She said: “These latest estimates reflect the encouraging data that we’ve seen in the last couple of weeks and there is no doubt in looking at all of this data that we are making very real progress in combating and suppressing the virus.”

 

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