Government's Chief Scientific Adviser admits UK testing was not scaled up quickly enough - plus your health and consumer questions answered

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Government's Chief Scientific Adviser admits UK testing was not scaled up quickly enough - plus your health and consumer questions answered

Monday, 13 April

In this episode of our podcast, we bring you this week's audio version of a new weekly TV programme from ITV News, Coronavirus: Q&A, which airs every Monday night.

This week, ITV News Presenter Nina Hossain put your questions to the government's Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance - including on the topic of testing for the virus. He told us that while testing in the UK was "at the right level" at the start of the outbreak, it has "not scaled as fast as it needs to scale". Among the other viewer questions answered by Sir Patrick included why there appears to be a higher incidence of coronavirus amongst minority ethnic groups.

GP Dr Sarah Jarvis and ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi also answered your health and consumer questions - including what exactly is the risk of pets spreading the virus.

You can watch Coronavirus: Q&A live on ITV every Monday at 8pm and we'll bring you an audio version of each edition every Monday evening on this podcast feed. If you have a health or consumer question you would like our experts to answer on the programme, email coronavirus@itv.com.

We regularly release new episodes of Coronavirus: What You Need To Know - subscribe to be notified of the latest episodes. For the latest coronavirus news, information and advice, go to www.itv.com/news.
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