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Tens of thousands of people may have been given WRONG Covid results as lab suspends tests

Tens of thousands of people may have been given WRONG Covid results as lab suspends tests
Covid testing has been suspended at a lab after 43,000 people may have been given the WRONG results. Health officials launched an investigation after people had positive lateral flow tests but negative PCR results from the lab. NHS Test and Trace estimates 400,000 test samples from England and Wales were processed through the Immensa Health…

Covid testing has been suspended at a lab after 43,000 people may have been given the WRONG results.

Health officials launched an investigation after people had positive lateral flow tests but negative PCR results from the lab.

NHS Test and Trace estimates 400,000 test samples from England and Wales were processed through the Immensa Health Clinic lab in Wolverhampton.

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Around 43,000 people may have been given incorrect results between September 8 and October 12, the UK Health Security Agency said.

The error could mean thousands of people infected with Covid were wrongly told not to isolate and others who were given negative results may have spread the bug.

Test and Trace staff are contacting those affected, mainly in the South West, Wales and South East, to ask them to take another coronavirus test.

Dr Will Welfare, public health incident director at UKHSA – which replaced Public Health England – said: “As a result of our investigation, we are working with NHS Test and Trace and the company to determine the laboratory technical issues which have led to inaccurate PCR results being issued to people.

“We have immediately suspended testing at this laboratory while we continue the investigation.”

PCR tests can detect Covid-19 several weeks after infection.

If a person has a positive lateral flow result, they are told to have a follow-up PCR to confirm the finding.

The UK Health Security Agency said: “”This is an isolated incident attributed to one laboratory but all samples are now being redirected to other laboratories.

“The number of tests carried out at the Immensa laboratory are small in the context of the wider network and testing availability is unaffected around the country.

“Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should book a PCR test. Those with a positive LFD test should get a follow up PCR test to confirm they have Covid-19.”

It comes as fully vaccinated people arriving in England from countries not on the red list have been told they can take a cheaper and quicker lateral flow test rather than the PCR version from October 24.

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