Scotland COVID Testing Demand Causes Mass Result Delays

Record levels of demand for COVID PCR tests have delayed mass results leaving some families waiting up to five days for their results over Christmas in Scotland.

National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said the scale of demand caused the delays. 

“Quite a lot of people went for testing before Christmas in order to try and get Christmas celebrations that were safe if they had symptoms, or if they had contact,” Leitch said.

“So I apologize for that, I’m sorry if people had to wait a little bit longer,” Leitch added, adding that the immediate problem has been solved, and PCR test results should be ready in 24 to 36 hours.

Meanwhile, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said “fast action has been taken” to meet the exceptional demand.

“Our lab technicians and scientists are working as fast as possible to ensure the public receives their results quickly, and we apologize to anyone that is having to wait a little longer for their test result,” UKHSA said.

On Monday, PCR test appointments were temporarily unavailable in large parts of the country, due to continued high demand.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said case numbers would rise in the days to come.

“I know it is hard, but it is really important people continue to comply with the guidance over the New Year period. We must not underestimate the impact of Omicron,” Sturgeon added.

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