Schools are back, businesses are reopening and coughs and sneezes are spreading – meaning more and more people need a coronavirus test.

Three families explain how the testing problems are affecting them.

‘I’d drive 100 miles’

Maria Aziz, from west London, has been trying to book a test since Sunday, when her nine-year-old daughter, Mishal, complained of a sore throat. By 04:00 Monday, her daughter had developed a fever.

“I had been trying all of Sunday to try and get a test. I must have tried between seven and ten times,” she told the BBC. “And then yesterday I probably tried about four times at various intervals across the day, starting early in the morning and ending late at night.”

After again trying and failing to book a test

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