Nicola Sturgeon’s top coronavirus aide for Scotland admits COVID-19 test ‘a bit rubbish’

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Jason Leitch told a web Q&A for members of the business body FSB Scotland that people can be shedding the virus for up to six weeks after becoming infected. Mr Leitch added that science is constantly trying to improve the current test.

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Mr Leitch said: “Remember, the first, the most important test we’re doing just now is the antigen test – looking for virus.

“Now, the test just now is bit rubbish.

“It is positive if it finds live virus or remnants of dead virus. It can’t tell the difference.”

He added: “So you could still be shedding virus six weeks after you’ve had the infection and still get a positive test, and you’re not infectious.

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“So the test we have just now is a bit rubbish, and the science is trying to improve that test all the time.”

In the web Q&A, he said of the flaw in test: “That’s why you hear us talk about testing a lot.

It’s very important, but it’s not the only important thing.”

Yesterday Matt Hancock suffered a brutal attack on the Government’s “failing” test and trace system by Sky News’ Kay Burley following the reintroduction of strict social distancing rules.

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The Health Secretary appeared on Sky News to discuss the announcement that people in England can no longer socialise in groups bigger than six following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.

Kay Burley unleashed a scathing criticism of the current test and trace system in England and questioned why some people were being forced to travel up to 250 miles for a coronavirus test.

Ms Burley said: “We saw a story on Twitter on Sunday regarding a 250-mile round trip to Leicester is the closest place for a gentleman who needs a COVID test because he lives with his elderly parents.

“One of my producers checked on the website and he can’t actually get a test because it says the service is very busy.

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“You have to accept that at this stage test and trace is failing.”

Mr Hancock replied: “I completely reject that accusation.

“We have the biggest testing system per head of population of all the major countries in Europe and we bult it essentially from scratch.

“Right now, we have the highest capacity for testing that we have ever had, it has increased compared to last week.

“That testing means that we can find these cases and therefore help to keep the virus under control with the contact tracing system as well.”

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