Most people can get COVID-19 tests locally - interior minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel and Britain's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden arrive to attend a Cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s interior minister Priti Patel said on Tuesday that COVID-19 tests were avialable for people in their local areas, amid reports ththat those living in virus hot-spots and staff at hospitals and care homes were struggling to get tested.

“The majority of tests are available within a 10 mile (16 km)radius,” she told BBC TV, although she conceded that in some extreme cases people wouldn’t be able to get a test locations within that radius.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Michael Holden