England's chief medical officer says there is a global shortage of coronavirus tests

LONDON (Reuters) - There is a global shortage of coronavirus tests, causing a 'bottleneck', England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Wednesday. 'We do not have sufficient testing and this is a global problem because basically every country is wanting this new test, for a disease that wasn't actually being tested for anywhere three months ago,' Whitty said at a daily news conference.

Reuters March 26, 2020 00:11:15 IST
England's chief medical officer says there is a global shortage of coronavirus tests

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LONDON (Reuters) - There is a global shortage of coronavirus tests, causing a "bottleneck", England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Wednesday.

"We do not have sufficient testing and this is a global problem because basically every country is wanting this new test, for a disease that wasn't actually being tested for anywhere three months ago," Whitty said at a daily news conference.

"So everybody wants this, so there is a global shortage and that's a bottleneck for us."

(Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; editing by Stephen Addison)

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