Covid tests & the New Kleptocracy

Any activity which —

(a)is carried on for the purpose of testing for the presence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (“SARS-CoV-2”) in an individual, or for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, or

(b)is carried on for the purpose of processing, analysing or reporting the results of a test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in an individual, or for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.”.

An applicable [needing UKAS accreditation] test is a test for the detection of coronavirus which is —

(a) provided in a single end-to-end testing service (whether or not the provider arranges with another person (“X”) for X to provide one or more elements of the service on their behalf);

(b) provided in the course of a business;

(c ) not a test provided or administered under the National Health Service Act 2006(3);

(d) not a test provided by a person (P) solely to —

(i) P’s employees;

(ii) persons contracted to provide services to P; or

(iii) both of the above; and

(e) administered on or after 1st January 2021.

People with no coronavirus symptoms will have to pay for ‘Operation Moonshot’ tests, the head of the government’s testing programme has said.

Dido Harding told a meeting of business leaders that not all the proposed 15-minute checks would be made available for free on the NHS.

Individuals who wanted a test to show they could resume a “normal life” without spreading the virus would be charged, a webinar hosted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) was told.

The very measures that the government failed to introduce in time will be used for what may turn out to be an over-extended period, epidemiologically speaking, so that in time the tale will be of how a strong and committed government managed to flatten the dreaded second wave…... In this tale, the fact that the death toll in the first wave was so much huger than it might have been will be left aside, or written off as something nobody could have foreseen (or as Chinese plot); the focus will be wholly on the strength of the government’s measures (and its policing) and on people’s compliance.

In turn, people’s compliance with what the government orders them stands to become the new normal

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