Hundreds of sought-after Covid PCR tests are found dumped in Asda car park after testing centre closes
A video showing hundreds of discarded PCR tests dumped at an ASDA carpark was discovered on the same week the Government said there was a shortage.
Timothy Draycott captured the footage at an ASDA in Shrewsbury, Shropshire last month after spotting boxes and tests strewn across the ground.
Previously a local testing centre with a marquee had been held in the spot before it was closed down shortly before Natale.
A desk was left abandoned alongside various items from the testing centre – including what appears to be hundreds of unused PCR tests.
Video shows Timothy, 54, approaching the area where tests are laying beside rain-soaked boxes.
The footage was captured at an ASDA in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in December last year
A local testing centre with a marquee had been held in the spot before it was closed down
The tests appeared to be completely unused and unopened but left to spoil in the elements
The boxes are all addressed to the ASDA store from testing company Eurofins and lay behind a Covid test drop-off box – also featuring Eurofins logo.
The Government had advised citizens that same week that there was a shortage of Covid tests available throughout the country.
Transport delivery driver Timothy uploaded his footage online where it has received over 1,100 visualizzazioni.
Speaking today Timothy said: ‘I’m homeless, I saw the staff leaving and taking down the site marquee and noticed they had left the desk which I thought I could put to use.
Even a ‘reception desk’ for the pop-up centre had been still left abandoned at the car park
Other rubbish found nearby appeared to be the remnants of a makeshift kitchen
Homeless man Timothy Draycott captured the footage at an ASDA in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
‘When I got closer I could see lots of boxes filled with tests and then there were the tests laying in the car park too.
‘There was a drop-off bin standing near the tests too but I cannot imagine it’s actually in use.
‘I did go up to a shopping attendant to make them aware of the tests and as far as I know ASDA have gotten rid of the tests now.’
In dicembre, UK health secretary Sajid Javid admitted the Government will ‘need to constrain’ the supply of rapid Covid-19 tests.
He said this was in response to ‘unprecedented demand’ driven by the Omicron variant surge.