Barcode glitch plunges Covid test centres into crisis as thousands of people with valid bookings turned away

A BARCODE glitch plunged the Government’s testing system into fresh crisis yesterday — with thousands of people turned away from test centres.

Drive-throughs reported problems with their QR codes — scanned to bring up people’s details — up and down the country, with a “massive gridlock” in South London.

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The system had sent out confirmation emails without the QR code, leaving staff turning away valid bookings, the ­Telegraph said.

Deputy Mayor of London Tom Copley said: “Gridlock.

"And nobody is getting tested as none of them have received a QR code.

"Shambles doesn’t even beginning to describe it.”

Meanwhile, Matt Hancock blamed the earlier lack of testing availability on symptomless people hogging swabs.

He said millions of the “ineligible” are flooding the system — leading to shortages.

The Health Secretary said no one predicted this massive “spike in demand”.

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