Boris Johnson grilled as 10000 coronavirus tests promised to Hull still haven't arrived

Hull is missing thousands of much-needed tests to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister has been warned that the city, which once again has the worst infection rate in the UK, is without the 10,000 lateral flow tests promised by the Government.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Dame Diana Johnson, the MP for Hull North, confirmed that the tests had still not arrived in Hull – despite them being promised a fortnight ago.

Having been briefly displaced as the UK’s worst affected area last week, the city is once again top of the latest data with 615.9 cases in every 100,000 people.

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Almost 10,000 cases have been confirmed since the pandemic began.

Hitting out at the absence of the lateral flow tests promised to Hull to fight , Diana Johnson MP said: “Hull has had the highest Covid infection rate in the United Kingdom, and two weeks ago Hull was promised 10,000 lateral flow tests, but today they have still not arrived.

“So when governing during a global pandemic, shouldn’t the Prime Minister focus on delivering on the ground what has already been announced, rather than grand new promises lifted from the Downing Street PR grid?”

In response, said he would “take up immediately” the point raised about Hull and “try to understand why they haven’t got the lateral flow tests she rightly wants to see”.

It comes as the latest data from NHS England revealed that six people have died in Hull and the East Riding’s hospitals after contracting coronavirus.

In the last 24 hours, 120 new cases have been identified in the city taking the total number identified since the pandemic began to 9,657.

In the neighbouring East Riding, 109 new positive tests were carried out in the last reporting period. 9,167 cases have been confirmed altogether at a cumulative infection rate of 2,686.9.

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