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Over 1,300 people in UK misdiagnosed with COVID-19 after lab error

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The UK has tossed more than 1,300 positive COVID tests after discovering a lab error, according to a report.

Officials with the government’s Test and Trace division contacted a total of 1,311 people who initially tested positive between Nov. 19 and Nov. 23 to tell them their results were moot, and that they needed to re-test, the UK Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.

“An issue with a batch of testing chemicals meant their test results were void,” a National Health Service spokesman said. “Swift action was taken to notify those affected and they have been asked to take another test, and to continue to self-isolate if they have symptoms.”

The UK’s COVID testing system has been criticized for a series of errors in recent months. In September, more than 15,000 positive test results were absent from NHS records for several days, preventing officials from conducting contact tracing.

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