It will take a “matter of weeks” to resolve the problems around coronavirus testing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
He told MPs there had been a “sharp rise” in those seeking a test, “including those who are not eligible”.
The tests should be prioritised for those who need it most, including those in care homes, he said.
But shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said no tests were available in virus “hotspots” over the weekend.
It comes after widespread reports of people struggling to get tested, with hospital bosses warning that a lack of tests for NHS workers was putting services at risk.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hancock said there were “operational challenges” with testing which the government was “working hard” to fix.
He said throughout