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Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19

A nurse holds swabs and a test tube to test people for Covid-19 at a drive-through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. PHOTO: STAT News/Paul Sancya/AP

Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming days

By Bill Gardner and Harry Yorke | 30 March 2020

THE TELEGRAPH — Britain’s attempt to ramp up mass coronavirus testing has been dealt a blow after key components ordered from overseas were discovered to be contaminated with coronavirus, the Telegraph can disclose.

Laboratories across the country were on Monday warned to expect a delay after traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery in the coming days.

It comes as ministers and public health chiefs face growing questions over why Britain’s testing capacity appears to be lagging far behind other major nations including the US and South Korea. […]

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