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COVID 19: calls to prioritise front-line staff as tests run low

Nurses have reported difficulties sourcing lateral flow tests since government guidelines issued on Sunday caused a surge in demand

Nurses have reported difficulties sourcing lateral flow tests since government guidelines issued on Sunday caused a surge in demand

Some nurses have said they are struggling to find lateral flow tests amid a surge in demand, prompting calls for the government to prioritise tests for front-line staff who are at risk of being in contact with COVID-19.

On Sunday the government announced that all people who have contact with a COVID-19 case should take a daily lateral flow test for seven days. This caused a spike in the number of people ordering tests and, for the third day in a row, lateral flow tests were unavailable to order from the government website.

More testing ordered, but not more tests

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