Breaking: Virus testing kits sent to UK found contaminated with Covid-19

Written by Evening Standard

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Testing kits which were headed to the UK have been found to be contaminated with coronavirus.

The Government has said that it aims to boost the rate of tests to 25,000 every day by the end of April at the latest and has asked private companies to help drive up test production.

But one production firm, Luxembourg-based manufacturer Eurofins, told UK labs on Monday that deliveries would be delayed as core parts had been contaminated with coronavirus, the Telegraph reported.

This shouldn’t significantly affect the UK’s testing efforts, Government sources told the paper.

Large-scale testing can help prevent the spread of coronavirus

The news comes after days of confusion over how much testing the UK is doing. Cabinet minister Michael Gove said on Sunday that the UK had met its target for this stage of the coronavirus response with 10,000 tests done that day.

But Public Health England later released figures showing that just over 8,000 tests had been done in the previous 24 hours, although the NHS had capacity for more than 10,000.

Meanwhile a former director of the World Health Organisation has criticised the UK’s testing efforts .

Professor Anthony Costello, who now works at University College London, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the UK isn’t using its resources as efficiently as countries like Germany – which is doing 70,000 tests per day.

He said: “We have 44 molecular virology labs in the UK. If they were doing 400 tests a day we would be up to Germany levels of testing and that is perfectly feasible…

“If you look at Korea, they have done 490,000 tests. Their death rate is three per million and they have suppressed the virus.

“I don’t see why we can’t get these 44 labs up and running, finding cases and testing.

“We must go to mass testing and when we remove the lockdown… then we will have a control mechanism which will enable us to wait, without socially distancing the whole country, for drugs or a vaccine for herd immunity.

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Comments (4)

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    james lebaigue

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    There is currently no test that exists for Covid 19 .The tests that are being used are for corona virus, of which there are many forms and many humans have traces of., hence, the ridiculousness of the current hysteria.

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      Steve Parker

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      Doesn’t the lastest test involve specific antibody testing for covid-19?

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        Dev

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        Antibody testing is not standardised and not reproducible. Eleni Papadopulos wrote a paper on this in ’93.
        There is no evidence that covid 19 or any other variant of a pathogenic virus particle has been isolated. All methods are indirect and therefore not provable.

        To use an analogy. If you were to try to isolate specific humans as the cause of something deleterious but you could not see or identify them directly but could use some apparatus to view them directly (analogous to the electron microscope).
        The equivalent procedure would see a wide range of humans of all races and animals of similar sizes all ground up to a mixture then centrifuged. Some organs would accumulate at a specific density band and would be said to be pure. This is where the problem begins as specific organs could not be attributed to specific body types or even species as they cannot be isolated in the first place.
        This is the problem with viral particles – they cannot be specifically isolated and to further confuse matters endogenous and exogenous particles and cellular detritus can be identical.

        Further thought on this matter also puts to question the human genome project and as Eleni Papadopulos explained to me via email there is no standardised agreement globally as findings all differ.

        Electron Microscopy also brings forth its own problems as the methodology destroys completely the samples that have to be fixed into a solid substrate generally a resin of some sort.

        Specific antibodies therefore can not be attributed to specific virus particles because isolation is not possible.

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    Brian James

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    Stay calm everyone. March 31, 2020 White House coronavirus task force briefing

    https://youtu.be/N8fm41pLZQE

    March 26, 2020 This Is How Many People Die From the Flu Each Year, According to the CDC

    This year’s flu season is shaping up to be possibly less severe than the 2017-2018 season, when 61,000 deaths were linked to the virus. However, it could equal or surpass the 2018-2019 season’s 34,200 flu-related deaths.

    https://www.health.com/condition/cold-flu-sinus/how-many-people-die-of-the-flu-every-year

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