‘Wasting taxpayers money!’ Boris ordered to backtrack on £100bn ‘inexact’ weekly tests

Doctor says weekly covid tests are ‘colossal waste of money’

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Dr Bharat Pankhania from the University of Exeter warned the mass-testing rollout would return many false-positive results since coronavirus cases were so low. The virus expert explained the money spent on the rollout would not do much to combat the spread of COVID-19 as contact measures – which were currently being followed – were much more effective. He added billions spent on the programme were a waste as he ranted against Boris Johnson and the Government’s decision. 

Dr Bharat Pankhania spoke to Russia Today about the plans and said: “We are spending £100billion on something that is an inexact science, these tests are not sensitive or specific enough. 

“In other words, in layman’s terms, it means that the tests in about 42 percent of people do not pick up an infectious person. 

“And it also picks up, falsely, some people who are not infected. 

“Therefore, you end up having people circulating who are infectious number one and you also have people in isolation who do not need to be in isolation. 

“It is a colossal waste of money.”

The doctor was then asked whether there was an alternative to the weekly tests.

He replied: “Yes, the alternative is basic and fundamental infection control measures. 

“And the infection control measures that we need to pay heed to may not sound sexy but it is the Japanese three Cs.

“Which is avoid getting close to people, avoid crowds and avoid closed indoor places with poor ventilation. 

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“If you want to apply those measures as well as the hand, the face and the space that we often talk about but don’t want to really address it. 

“You are in a much better place compared to wasting money on a test that is inaccurate and costs £100billion.”

Under new plans unveiled by Boris Johnson earlier this week, lateral flow tests will be available for free for people to take twice-weekly tests to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Pharmacies, community centres and an online store will provide the tests to anyone requesting them.

The tests will return results in less than 30 minutes and will be made available from April 9. 

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It comes as Boris Johnson announced the four tests to lift restrictions were met meaning many will see measures lifted on April 12.

The Prime Minister also announced he would be trailing vaccine passports for some upcoming major events to see if they could be rolled out for the rest of the country. 

The “Covid Status Certification” is expected to use the NHS app to show whether someone has had coronavirus or the vaccine as an indication of immunity. 

But Mr Johnson is facing tough criticism from MPs – including from his own backbenchers – who believe the documents are an attack on individual liberties and are ultimately unneeded.  

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