Health Secretary Matt Hancock says increasing numbers of people in England are seeking tests when they don’t have any Covid-19 symptoms.

He said this “inappropriate” use of the system was making it harder for people who needed tests to get one.

It comes after the boss of England’s testing system apologised to people who were struggling to get tests.

The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called for the government to “accept there is a problem” and “get it fixed”.

In the Commons, Boris Johnson responded saying “we are working flat out to address all the issues confronting us today”, adding demand was “acute” and there were too many people requesting tests who did not have symptoms.

UK labs have reached capacity, meaning some people are struggling to book tests or being sent long distances to get one.

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