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Health secretary blames people with no COVID symptoms getting tests on system strain

Written by on 9 September 2020

The health secretary has appeared to blame people without coronavirus symptoms getting tested inappropriately for the system reaching its limit.

Matt Hancock told Sky News’ Kay Burley programme the reason many people have reported being unable to book a test is because the proportion of those asking for tests who have no symptoms has risen to 25%.

“We have seen an increase in demand including an increase from people who are not eligible for a test, people who don’t have symptoms,” he said.

“You are eligible if you have symptoms or if you have a very specific reason otherwise.

“We have seen a 25% increase in people who are coming forward who don’t have a reason for it.”