UK health minister says demand for COVID tests has reduced

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past a sign for a COVID-19 test centre amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bolton, Britain, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - British health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday the demand for COVID-19 tests had reduced after some people were denied tests because of what some officials said was a shortage of processing capability in laboratories.

“I’m glad to report ... that since last week when we debated, discussed the very sharp rise in demand ... that demand has come down somewhat and the pressures are a little lower on the testing system as a whole,” he told parliament.

Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Estelle Shirbon