According to a report on the 24th, the outbreak of the epidemic broke out at the Milton Keynes Lighthouse Laboratory, the largest testing laboratory in the UK, after employees said that the laboratory had repeatedly violated epidemic safety regulations. Situation.
It is reported that three of the four teams of scientists in the laboratory reported positive cases of COVID-19, and the administrative and storage departments also reported confirmed cases.
It is not clear how many people are affected, but about 20 people in a 70-person laboratory team are quarantined, an anonymous staff member said.
According to the report, the epidemic has put great pressure on the laboratory, and the laboratory is required to test 70,000 test samples every day due to the increasing demand.
47,000 were tested Tuesday, sources said, “but we can never meet the 70,000 requirements”. Laboratory staff noted that they violated regulations to ensure the safety of employees in order to ensure that their goals were met.
The British Department of Health and Social Health denied this claim. A spokesman for the UK Department of Health and Social Health said that the outbreak in the Lighthouse Laboratory had been noted, but insisted that the agency strictly adhered to all government guidelines regarding the epidemic safety work procedures.
In addition, according to the statistics of the British Department of Health and Social Security, as of December 24 local time, 39,036 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom within 24 hours, with a total of 2188,587 confirmed cases; 574 new deaths, with a total of 69,625 deaths within 28 days after diagnosis.