Travellers have hit out the government’s test to release scheme on its first day, after it became clear a number of the 11 approved test providers were unable to meet demand.
The list was released just hours before the scheme went live today, with Samedaydoctor posting on its website shortly afterwards "Unfortunately we have been so overwhelmed with requests for Test and Release that we cannot answer any more emails nor take any more bookings." It has since been removed from the list.
Axiom, the first on the list, this morning had a note on its website reading: "Test to release is not yet available but will be available soon, we will update in the next few hours. Please email us at email@example.com to register your interest."
Chronomics’ link for booking was also not yet live, but you can register an interest.
Halo Verify’s kits meanwhile were out of stock.
Some providers seemed to have resolved some of their issues by mid-morning, but were reporting very high call and enquiry volumes.