UK to ration COVID-19 testing amid testing failures

Workers prepare ahead of opening at a Coronavirus testing centre in Southwark, south London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people throughout the country were unable to schedule tests. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday will face questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the House of Commons and before a key committee amid the outcry over the shortage of testing. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — U.K. lawmakers have criticized the government’s handling of the COVID-19 testing crisis for a second day as opposition leaders say Prime Minister Boris Johnson lacked a cohesive plan to tackle the virus as the country faces a second wave in the pandemic. Johnson defended his efforts to increase testing capacity, telling the House of Commons that the government was responding to a “colossal″ increase in demand and arguing that Britain is testing more people than other European countries. But Angela Rayner, who led the weekly questioning for the Labour Party, said Wednesday he should ’’get some skates on″ to ensure the country is ready for the colder winter months ahead when infection rates are expected to soar.