A coronavirus testing center in the UK appeared empty today, as swabs would be sent to Germany for faster results.
As of Friday, Chessington World of Adventures opened as a driving test center for NHS staff.
But today it has been reported that only 75 people have been tested at the South West London site, with images showing empty bays and test tracks in the car park at the adventure park.
Officials were seen standing, masked and wearing gloves, apparently awaiting the arrival of NHS workers.
It comes after reporting that an IKEA parking lot just 13 miles away saw queues stretching over a quarter of a mile for testing.
Public health facilities in England take up to four days to test the samples – while German laboratories flying to process swabs are expected to provide results in two days.
Northampton General Hospital sent samples of 400 workers to German Eurofins Biomnis laboratories on Monday, according to The Sun.
On Wednesday, tests in the UK amounted to 10,657 for the day – while Germany performs an average of 70,000 tests per day, reports the Sun.
So far, only 5,000 NHS workers out of half a million front-line workers have been tested.
Some NHS staff who came to the Chessington center and IKEA Wembley reported that they had been turned back.
One of them, Louise Knight, wrote, “I drive for testing. Only to be refused because I did not have an appointment. “
Another at Wembley said, “Apparently I need a reference from my trust in the NHS. No contact details.
“In the space of five minutes, eight employees were turned away.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson agreed today “we have to move very quickly.”
It came after the death toll in the UK reached 2,921 yesterday – up from 569 the day before.
Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Antibody tests are ideally done 28 days after infection.
“I understand why NHS staff want tests, so they can come back to the front line.
“But I made the decision that the first priority should be the patients for whom the results of a test could be the difference in treatment which is the difference between life and death.”
Tonight millions of people took part in a national Clap for Our Carers – honoring NHS staff and frontline social workers coronavirus fight.
At the second such national celebration, the United Kingdom applauded the half million front-line workers at the NHS – some who sacrificed their lives with their families to fight the spread of the coronavirus.
The applause from last night also honored the teachers, cleaners, supermarket workers and delivery drivers who help run the country.
Dozens of famous faces have also expressed their thanks in a video posted by the NHS on social networks, including Elton John, David Beckham, Anthony Joshua, Stormzy, Ricky Jervais, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Graham Norton and Gordon Ramsey.
ITV also expressed its thanks by interrupting the programs at 8 p.m. Carolyn McCall, Executive Director of ITV, said, “ITV joins the rest of the country in thanking all of the NHS members and caregivers who play such a vital and fantastic role.”
Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, said: “Joining the wonderful wave of support for the NHS to say a huge thank you with Clap for our caregivers is already making such a difference and today, and thanks to the brilliant British people, we have already raised almost £ 17 million for our Covid-19 urgent appeal.