Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier

Asia's Tech News Daily

Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Mistakes at a disgraced Covid testing laboratory that incorrectly told up to 43,000 people they were not infected with the virus began a week earlier than feared, it was revealed today.

The Immensa Health Clinic in Wolverhampton was given nearly £170million to analyse PCR swabs. 

But last week health chiefs revealed ‘technical issues’ at the clinic, where workers have been filmed playing football and wrestling on shift, saw tens of thousands of tests wrongly processed. 

The UK Health Security Agency, which took over from the now-defunct PHE, at the time said patients were given false negatives in the five weeks between September 8 and October 12.

But the agency last night announced the problems at the lab started six days earlier than feared, on September 2.

A spokesperson for UKHSA told MailOnline the correct duration of the lab mishaps were discovered as part of its ongoing investigation.

But it insisted the finding does not impact the number of coronavirus swab samples which were incorrectly processed. All affected people have been contacted, health bosses claimed. 

Cases in the South West have already reached a record high and more than doubled in a week after the error was spotted. 

There are concerns that the testing error has come at the worst possible time, with daily cases approaching peak-second-wave levels and the UK’s booster programme struggling to get off the mark as the country heads towards a harsh winter.

Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
Wolverhampton Covid PCR testing lab blunder began a WEEK earlier
( ( 192429443 192429453

NHS Test and Trace last week suspended testing operations at Immensa’s lab and an investigation is being carried out to work out why it took a month to spot the testing error. 

There are no technical issues with test kits themselves and people should continue to test as normal, the UK Health Security Agency (HSA) said. 

Dr Jenny Harries, head of the HSA, said last week it was unclear what had caused the blunder.

Test and Trace has contacted everyone who could still be infectious to advise them to take another test, while close contacts who are symptomatic are also advised to take a test. 

Almost one in 50 people had Covid in England last week 

England’s Covid cases have reached their highest level since mid-January with nearly one in 50 infected with the virus last week, official data has shown amid growing fears that the impending fourth wave.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show around 977,900 were infected in England on any given day in the week up to October 16. 

Cases rose 9.88 per cent on last week’s figure of 890,000 — the fourth week in a row infections have increased.

When modelling the level of Covid infections among different age ranges in England, the ONS said rates have increased in all age groups except for those aged 25 to 34, where the trend was uncertain.

The percentage of people testing positive remains highest for those in school years seven to 11, at 7.8 per cent, up week-on-week from 7.1 per cent.

Cases are estimated to have increased in all regions of England except south-east England and the West Midlands, where it appeared to level off, and north-east England and Yorkshire and the Humber, where the trend was uncertain.

In northwest England and southwest England, around one in 45 people was likely to test positive in the week to October 16. This was the highest proportion for any region.

London and south-east England had the lowest proportion, at around one in 75. 

Professor Jim Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute at the University of Oxford, said: ‘Today’s ONS figures for week ending October 16 are not good news.

‘These data are the most valuable resource we have for judging the virus. The day to day results are a poor indicator.

‘The power of the vaccines can be seen in the much lower death and hospitalisation rate that this high level of infections is currently causing.

‘There is evidence of slight waning of immunity. Vaccines are extremely effective at preventing deaths and hospitalisation; they are less good at preventing infection. 

He continued: ‘Even extremely effective is not perfect. A slight decrease in immunity still means you are protected against the worst of the disease but might lead to an increase in cases. 

‘For those offered a booster (third) jab, science shows it is incredibly effective. I would advise taking it immediately it is offered. For those who have not had their first jab, they are almost certain to contract Covid if they have not already done so.’

The UKHSA said the problems at the lab was an ‘isolated incident’ and the number of tests processed by the lab is ‘small in the context of the wider network and testing availability is unaffected around the country’. 

Cases have surged in the South West since the errors took place.

A total of 35,629 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the region in the seven days to October 16 — the equivalent of 629.6 per 100,000 people. This is up from 17,593 cases, or 310.9 in the previous seven days. 

And estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today showed 2.2 per cent of people in the region were thought to have the virus on any given day in the seven days up to October 16, the highest infection levels in the country. 

Professor Paul Hunter, an epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia, told MailOnline he believed the faulty test results were ‘having an impact’ on case rates and estimated the error led to thousands of avoidable infections. 

He estimated that up to 8,000 people will have caught the disease from a person given the wrong result, based on rough estimates about the number of people who isolate when they’re unwell, regardless of PCR result. 

But he said: ‘It could be more, there are still several key unknowns here.’ 

‘Clearly any substantial number of preventable false negatives means that people who would otherwise have been self-isolating are no longer doing so,’ Professor Hunter said. 

The problems in the lab led to ‘enough preventable infections to be a worry but probably not a enough to make a big difference in the epidemic’, he added.  

It comes as ONS data today showed England’s Covid cases reached their highest level since mid-January with nearly one in 50 infected with the virus last week.

Around 977,900 people were infected in England on any given day in the week up to October 16.

Infections have not been as high since the country began to recover from the darkest days of the second wave in at the start of the year.

Cases rose 9.88 per cent on last week’s figure of 890,000 — the fourth week in a row infections have increased.

Meanwhile, separate data from the UKHSA today showed the the R rate rose on last week and is around 1.0 to 1.2, up from 0.9 to 1.1. It is the first time R has definitely been above one since August.

Figures from the Department of Health — based on the Government’s official testing programme as opposed to the random swabbing of thousands of Brits — showed cases across the UK breached 50,000 for the first time in three months yesterday.  

Medics warn cases will continue to spike unless Britain doubles the speed of its vaccine booster rollout. Only 4million out of the 8.7million patients in England who are eligible for a booster now have had one, including just a third of care home residents and half of over-80s.

It is being held up by the NHS sending texts to elderly Britons who ‘do not know how to use their phones’, doctors warned today.

Boris Johnson yesterday issued a desperate plea for more Britons to come forward for their boosters to ‘fortify’ people’s defences against the virus, amid fears the rising cases could lead to last-minute curbs ahead of Christmas once again.

The Government has so far resisted growing pressure to revert to its winter ‘Plan B’ to bring back masks and WFH guidance despite surging case numbers and in the face of doctors accusing them of being ‘wilfully negligent’.  

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

'I had £10 in my bank account': I'm A Celebrity's Naughty Boy recalls winning £44,000 on Deal Or No Deal in 2007 before he was famous

Naughty Boy has revealed he only had £10 in his bank account when he took part in Deal Or No Deal in 2007 and walked away with £44,000. The record ... Read more »

'Miss me?': Billie Eilish is back to brunette hair less than a year after making dramatic platinum blonde transformation

Billie Eilish nearly broke the internet earlier this year when she debuted a head of platinum blonde hair. But the 19-year-old Grammy Award-winner shocked fans once more by revealing she’d returned ... Read more »

Pakistan's Lahore again tops world's most polluted cities list

© Provided by Al Jazeera Vehicles move amid dense smog in Lahore [Mohsin Raza/Reuters] Pakistan’s second largest city Lahore has once again topped the daily ranking of the most polluted ... Read more »

Vom Tabellenkeller an die Spitze – 5 Gründe für den Erfolg der SCRJ Lakers

© keystone Die Lakers haben einen Lauf. Die Rapperswi-Jona Lakers überraschen in der National League und liegen derzeit auf dem dritten Platz. Das sind die Gründe für den Höhenflug. In ... Read more »

China publishes draft rules on herbicides for GM crops

BEIJING (Reuters) – China published draft rules on Friday outlining registration requirements for herbicides used on genetically modified crops, in another sign that Beijing is gearing up to allow greater ... Read more »

70 Millionen Verlust für das Australian Open

© KEYSTONE/EPA/MAST IRHAM Der australische Tennisverband verlor durch die Austragung des vergangenen Australian Open 70 Millionen Franken. Dies ergab der Jahresabschluss. Der Aufwand, die Spieler aus dem Ausland einzufliegen und ... Read more »

Im Fall Peng Shuai: ATP verzichtet auf China-Boykott

© Bereitgestellt von Blick ATP verzichtet auf China-Boykott Nach der Absage der WTA-Tennisturniere im Zuge des Falls Peng Shuai (35) zieht die ATP vorerst nicht nach. Das stellte Andrea Gaudenzi ... Read more »

Netflix making movie about grandma who accidentally invited stranger to Thanksgiving dinner

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) A text by a grandma from Arizona, who accidentally invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving dinner, has inspired streaming giant Netflix to make a ... Read more »

Craig Revel Horwood takes savage swipe at Dan Walker saying the final Strictly celebs left are ‘amazing' apart from him

STRICTLY's Craig Revel Horwood took a swipe at contestant Dan Walker today saying all of the final celebs left in the competition were “amazing” – but not him. The acid-tongued ... Read more »

Putrajaya tetap harga siling ayam, telur dan sayur

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Harga siling akan ditetapkan bagi beberapa barang keperluan mulai 7 hingga 31 Dis ini, bertujuan menstabilkan harganya di pasaran. PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya akan menetapkan ... Read more »

SoftBank Poised to Lose $74 Billion Payday If Arm Deal Is Halted

(Bloomberg) — With SoftBank Group Corp.’s sale of Arm Ltd. to Nvidia Corp. in severe jeopardy, the company faces the prospect of losing a jackpot of roughly $74 billion. And ... Read more »

Er gestand 93 Morde – jetzt bittet FBI um Hilfe bei der Identifikation der Toten

Diashow ein Samuel Little hat 93 Morde gestanden. Er gilt als der schlimmste Serienmörder der USA. Seine Opfer waren hauptsächlich Prostituierte und drogenabhängige Frauen. Samuel Little ist mit 93 gestandenen ... Read more »

«Ich habe das Richtige getan» – Mike Pence bereut nicht, Biden als Sieger anzuerkennen

© keystone Teaserbild © keystone Hat Trump vier Jahre lang applaudiert und gilt trotzdem als Verräter: Mike Pence. Für viele Trump-Befürworter ist der ehemalige US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence zu einem Hassobjekt ... Read more »

Fauci confirms FIRST Omicron case in CA, Trump BLAMES Gold Star families for HIS covid infection

Ryan Grim and Robby Soave discuss the latest developments on the emerging Omicron variant. Read more »

‘Neither saint nor criminal': Austria's former chancellor Kurz quits politics

Photograph: Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images Sebastian Kurz dominated domestic politics for five years before being placed under corruption investigation Austria’s former chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has dominated his centre-right People’s party ... Read more »

Russia warns 'direct threat' from Ukraine could spark 'nightmare scenario' of war in Eastern Europe

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Kyiv was planning to use “all means at its disposal, including military ones, to reclaim a Russian region,” referring to the ... Read more »

Islamophobia in the press must be tackled head-on. Silence is not an option

Photograph: Terry Harris/Alamy Our analysis shows that almost two-thirds of articles paint Muslims in a negative light. • Miqdaad Versi is the founder of the Muslim Council of Britain’s Centre ... Read more »

US warns Russia as Kremlin talks about war threat in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin voiced concern Thursday about a possible escalation of fighting in a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine as the U.S. issued a strong warning to Russia ... Read more »

Fortnite Item Shop: Yule Trooper is back as for the festive season

FORTNITE players may be on tenterhooks ahead of this season's finale, but that hasn't stopped the festive cheer with the return of Christmas skins to the Item Shop. Epic Games ... Read more »

KRF politician pays back 155,000 kroner to the Norwegian parliament

In November, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) received NOK 155,000 of severance pay that KRF’s Rigmor Andersen Eide paid back after failing to report income. Eide was granted severance pay from ... Read more »

Conor Washington makes admission about his Charlton Athletic future

© Provided by Football League World conor washington Charlton Athletic forward Conor Washington has admitted that he is hoping to enter contract negotiations with the club in the coming months. ... Read more »

Veljko Paunovic outlines Reading FC priority as need for crucial player agreements loom

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Derby County v Reading Reading manager Veljko Paunovic has named Andy Carroll and Scott Dann as two players he wants to tie ... Read more »

Backlash as Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team inks deal with Grenfell Tower building firm

The Communities Secretary Michael Gove has slammed Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes Formula One team, after signing a partnership with a firm who installed insulation on Grenfell Tower. Mercedes have joined forces ... Read more »

Covid cases, deaths per million in India one of lowest in world, says Mandaviya in Parliament

© Provided by Hindustan Times Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya speaks in the Lok Sabha on Friday. (ANI) Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said in the Lok Sabha ... Read more »

How to change jobs in Final Fantasy XIV

© Provided by GamePur One of the best things about Final Fantasy XIV is that you can play all classes and jobs on a single character. You’re not required to ... Read more »

How to get the Heir of the Trickster commendation in Sea of Thieves

© Provided by GamePur The holidays are a time for cheer, but they’re also a time for mischief, which is why the Heir of the Trickster Commendation is the perfect ... Read more »

Sheriff: Georgia teen killed as brother sells homemade gun

On Location: December 2, 2021 Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.ABCNews.com ATLANTA — A 14-year-old Georgia girl was killed when her younger brother was trying to sell a ... Read more »

R rate in Omicron epicentre in South Africa soars from below one to 3.5 in just weeks as UK Government scientist rubbishes claims that super-strain is milder

In epicentre Gauteng province the R rate has spiralled from one to three in recent weeks as cases surgeLead UK epidemiologist says Omicron infections likely appear mild because of immunity from past infectionsWHO officials suggested on Thursday that Covid cases were milder in those who caught the Omicron strain Read more »

Georgia boy, 13, 'who was making and selling his own "ghost guns" accidentally kills his sister, 14, with one of his own homemade weapons while shooting at two men who tried to steal one of the firearms'

Kyra Scott, 14, killed after her brother, 13, allegedly shot her with a 'ghost gun'Her brother had been selling a homemade weapon to buyers on November 27The two men tried to steal the weapon and run off, so he allegedly shot at themIt's claimed it was during this gunfire that Kyra was struck, leading to her deathThe 13-year-old was charged with felony murder and is being held at a youth detention center  Read more »

Scottish government minister says Shell's decision to quit controversial North Sea oil field which was set to create 1000 jobs is both 'welcome' and 'necessary' but also a 'challenge'

Scottish Government minister celebrated Shell's 'welcome' decision to pull out of the Cambo oil field project The £1.9billion North Sea development 75 miles off the coast of Scotland was thrown into doubt last nightOil giant Shell, which had a 30 per cent stake, says economic case for involvement is no longer strong enoughEnvironmentalists claim the oil project could 'contribute to the climate crisis' and endanger rare animalsBut its supporters say Cambo would have created 1,000 jobs and produced billions of barrels of oil Read more »

Looking for the perfect family beach getaway with a touch of luxury? We have just the place...

Whoever said luxury travel was the reserve of couples? Travelling with family shouldn’t make you exempt from a luxury getaway. And when can arrange flights and accommodation in one neat ... Read more »

US travel warning as new rules are introduced for Brits due to rise in Omicron cases

BRITS heading to the US will have to follow strict new rules as countries try to reduce the spread of the new Omicron variant. The US opened its borders to ... Read more »

Weekly Top Picks: 40 stocks that scored 10 on 10 on Stock Reports Plus

Here’s a top list of companies who have scored an average score of 10 as of 28 November, 2021 . An average score is calculated by undertaking quantitative analysis of ... Read more »

Hunger strikes show the history of Irish-Palestinian solidarity

© Provided by Al Jazeera A protester supporting the IRA hunger strikers stands in the centre of the Falls Road in Belfast on May 1, 1981, as British soldiers check ... Read more »

Indonesia charges 8 Papuan students with treason over 'independence' march

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian police have confirmed the charging of eight Papuan students with treason after a demonstration this week marking what many people in the remote region regard as ... Read more »

Bundesrat will mehrere dezentrale Schneesportzentren etablieren

© KEYSTONE/JUERG MUELLER Anstelle eines nationalen Schneesportzentrums sollen künftig mehrere regionale Wintersportzentren aufgebaut werden. Das hat der Bundesrat am Freitag entschieden. 2016 hatte der Bundesrat das Projekt eines nationalen Schneesportzentrums ... Read more »

Testpflicht auch für Geimpfte in Restaurants

In Baden-Württemberg müssen künftig auch Geimpfte und Genesene für den Besuch im Restaurant einen negativen Corona-Test vorweisen. © Foto: Nico Bhlr Geht unter diesen Umständen noch jemand ins Restaurant? Ein ... Read more »

Schock für Dortmund: Supertalent Moukoko (17) fällt lange aus

© Bereitgestellt von Blick Supertalent Moukoko (17) fällt lange aus Das hören BVB-Fans nicht gerne! Zwar dürfen sie sich über die Rückkehr von Superstürmer Erling Haaland (21) freuen. Doch die ... Read more »

JSE firmer as Omicron fears ease

© Provided by Business Live The JSE was firmer on Friday morning, with its global peers mostly firmer as concerns over the Omicron virus strain appear to be easing. Investors’ focus ... Read more »

The market will eventually reveal the weak hand being played by Joe Biden and the Fed

© Provided by Financial Post U.S. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden. This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve experienced when it comes ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic