“It has been suspended following an investigation into reports of people who received negative PCR test results after previously testing positive on a lateral flow.
“The errors relate to the results of tests given to people between September 8 and October 12, mainly in the south-west of England, but with some cases in the south-east and Wales.
“There are no technical issues with the test kits themselves and people should continue to test as normal,” he said.
The UKHSA said a full investigation is underway to determine why and how the incorrect results were given.
“The government’s NHS Test and Trace service estimates that around 400,000 samples have been processed by the lab, but new samples are now being redirected to other labs.
“Test and Trace is reaching out to people who may still be contagious to advise them to take another test.
“In addition, their close contacts who show symptoms will also be asked to be tested, as is already recommended.
“PCR tests can detect Covid-19 several weeks after infection.
“If a person has a positive lateral flow result, they are told to have a follow-up PCR to confirm the result.”
PA Media / dpa / NAN
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