The surge of covid cases in the United Kingdom has produced a shortage of available PCR covid tests, with the Chronicle Reporting that there is none accessible within a 60 mile radius, that is in Hawick, Scotland.

A search found that everywhere in the region was fully booked, in a scenario described as “worrying”.

Professor Peter Openshaw, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said the shortage of Covid-19 tests is “very worrying” ahead of New Year.

He told BBC Radio 4’s programme: “I think it’s very worrying indeed.

“We know the situations in which transmission happens and fortunately I don’t think we are facing the sort of lockdown that was necessary in order to cope in the very earliest part of this year.

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