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NHS adviser defends mass Covid testing amid fears of ‘false negatives’ – Swindon Advertiser

Dr Susan Hopkins says the deployment of lateral flow tests in Liverpool detected many cases that would otherwise have been missed.

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The mass use of rapid turnaround tests for coronavirus has been defended by a senior adviser to the NHS amid concerns a high level of “false negatives” is giving people a misplaced sense of reassurance.Government figures released earlier this week from Liverpool – where the mass rollout of the lateral flow tests was first piloted – showed they missed half of all cases and a third of those with a high viral load who were likely to be the most infectious.It led to calls from some scientists for their…

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