A COVID-19 testing lab in England misreported about 39,000 tests as negative when they should have been positive last year, UK authorities say.
UK COVID-19 lab errors linked to 20 deaths
England’s government agency responsible for responding to public health emergencies says mistakes at a testing laboratory led to misreporting of tens of thousands of positive COVID-19 cases as negative and may have resulted in the deaths of about 20 people.
The United Kingdom has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in the world, with more than 177,000 deaths since the pandemic started in 2020.
Many experts have said the contact tracing programme fell well short of the “world-beating” system the government had promised.
An investigation by the UK’s Health Security Agency (UKHSA) concluded the Immensa laboratory in central England was found to have misreported about 39,000 tests as negative when they should have been positive between September 2 and October 12 last year.