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Rees-Mogg tells people to stop 'endless carping' about lack of Covid-19 tests

PA Media logoPA Media 17/09/2020 13:59:37 By Richard Wheeler, Sophie Morris, Lewis McKenzie and George Ryan, PA Political Staff
Jacob Rees-Mogg wearing a suit and tie: Jacob Rees-Mogg (Victoria Jones/PA) © Victoria JonesJacob Rees-Mogg (Victoria Jones/PA)

People should stop their "endless carping" about a lack of Covid-19 tests, a senior minister has said, as Labour warned that a second spike is likely.

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg claimed the "phenomenal success" of Britain's testing system should be celebrated.

But after the Government announced restrictions in north-east England, shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth warned: "It's become not so much test and trace, more like trace a test."

Speaking in the Commons, Labour frontbencher Valerie Vaz questioned why the head of the Government's coronavirus Test and Trace programme, Dido Harding, has not spoken in public since August.

Barry Gardiner, Valerie Vaz that are looking at the camera: Valerie Vaz (House of Commons/PA) © Provided by PA MediaValerie Vaz (House of Commons/PA)

The shadow Commons leader added: "The number of tests returned within 24 hours has fallen from 68% to 8% - it seems to be all talk, talk and no test, test."

Mr Rees-Mogg replied: "We all have an obligation to try and stop the dangerous disease spreading, but the issue of testing is one where we have gone from a disease that nobody knew about a few months ago to one where nearly a quarter of a million people a day can be tested.

"And the Prime Minister is expecting that to go up to half a million people a day by the end of October.

"And instead of this endless carping, saying it is difficult to get them, we should actually celebrate the phenomenal success of the British nation in getting up to a quarter of a million tests of a disease that nobody knew about until earlier in the year."

17. syyskuuta 2020 16:59:37 Categories: PA Media

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