UK coronavirus live: No 10 gives up effort to provide daily figure for people tested; fifth of kits issued are wasted

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Health department has also stopped publishing daily chart of tests and deaths and says around 2.5m tests sent out have effectively been wasted

The opposition parties have condemned the government’s decision to abandon attempts to publish daily figures for the number of individuals tested for coronavirus. (See 1.03pm.)

This is from Labour’s Justin Madders, a shadow health minister.

This is an absolute shambles. It seems that the real reason why the government stopped issuing figures for the number of people tested each day is because they never hit their 100,000 people a day target and they were too embarrassed to admit it.

We know that the number of people actually tested is less than a third of the number of tests they state are being completed. It is clear that Ministers are losing control over the testing regime and are failing to not only keep track of the tests but to ensure the results are returned swiftly.

First the government cancelled the daily press conferences, now they’ve stopped publishing the numbers of people who’ve actually been tested for coronavirus.

It seems that at every stage, ministers are dodging scrutiny and covering up for their own failures.

Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National party leader and first minister, has denounced a small group of nationalists who staged a border protest against English visitors on the A1 at the weekend, some with SNP banners.

The demonstration was condemned by Humza Yousaf, the Scottish justice secretary, and the Scottish parliament’s most senior minority ethnic MSP, as “horrible, reprehensible and vile” after footage emerged of them shouting “stay the fuck out” and “plague carriers” at caravans and camper vans driving north.

If you are a racist you are no friend of mine and no part of the movement I belong to. Horrible, reprehensible and vile.

Luckily these morons don’t represent the Scotland I know and love.

I can’t stop people waving SNP banners but I can be very clear that they don’t speak for us and we will be … I’m not going to talk about internal disciplinary arrangements in the SNP [but] we have got well-established disciplinary rules which will be used if necessary.

But I can’t be clearer than I have been: the SNP is an open, welcoming party; Scotland is an open and welcoming country and that protest is not something I condone or endorse in any way, shape or form.

something quite 1970s horror movie about this road sign on the A30 approaching Cornwall, partly the washed-out colour and also the headless figures – hat tip @jamescaddy11

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