A close friend is currently working on the predictive modelling of a second outbreak of Covid for the Scottish government - they were given free access - to anonymised - results from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. Problem was - they had to rule out the English results - they were so flawed - not fit for purpose. False negatives - and - false positives galore - testing not to industry standard. The data was useless. - I.I got a covid test about a month ago - the test site technician told me that there were "problems" with the way samples were being handled by the lab. It looks like the labs are overwhelmed and the contracts with the private sector to organise the lab tesing havent been thought through. NHS labs could have dealt with this but have been sidelined in favour of private companies. It needs sorting ASAP because winter is nearly here.