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Patel appeared on BBC Breakfast to answer questions about the fact people in some of the worst areas for coronavirus have been unable to get the kits to decipher whether they have the virus or not.
Viewers said they were switching off her âcar crashâ interview after presenter Dan Walker pointed out it âwas realityâ when she suggested there was no shortage in the tests.
âLet me give you an example of Bolton,â the presenter explained. âPeople in Bolton canât get a test.â
Patel started to answer by saying: âLook, I think the reality is, I canât speak specifically…â
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Walker snapped back: âThat is the reality, you canât get a test in Bolton. In fact in the top ten worst coronavirus hotspots in England at the moment there are no tests available.â
Patel explained: âWell youâve already heard me say, tests are available, you heard me say, as well particularly local lockdown areas. Iâve seen this myself, Iâve seen the teams that have been working on this. Mobile testing is going in, capacity is going in, where lockdowns are taking place.
âI think itâs wrong to say tests arenât available, new booking slots are being made available everyday, mobile testing units are being made available, and on top of that home testing kits are being issuedâ.
She added: âAs we know there are spikes, where we have local lockdowns, and as we know we have spikes and local lockdowns we also have more staff with Public Health England going into these local areas and making testing availableâ.
âCar crash interview with the Home Secretary on @BBCBreakfast,â said one viewer. ââTests in Bolton arenât availableâ. âThey ARE availableââ
A second wrote: âPriti Patel giving the answers she chooses whilst ignoring the questions she has been asked … whilst never being interrupted or unchallenged on #BBCBreakfast.â
Dr Ana Mootoosamy tweeted: âPriti Patel having an absolute mare on #BBCBreakfast trying to explain whatâs going on with the testing. There clearly is a problem with sample (swab) collection – does anyone know whatâs actually happening with lab (test) capacity?â
âAt last, BBC Breakfast grown some balls and not let Priti Patel off the hook re Covid testing or lack of,â said Helen Michael.
@Fazbo96 posted: âHad to switch Priti Patel off as sheâs just too vile to watch, but please tell how long it took her to start blaming the public for everythingâ.
There was a weak defence of the home secretary from @jbhubbard, who pointed out: âSheâs not lying, there is testing available, but she conveniently forgot to mention its at the other end of country, say in Aberdeen for instance and not locally in the hotspots where itâs needed. A bit of good old fashioned truth bending at its best.â
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Actu monde – GB – WATCH: Priti Patel in âcar crashâ interview after claiming âitâs wrong to say tests arenât availableâ