‘Broken’ PCR system accepts fake codes, allowing travel without testing, says whistleblower
The UK’s “broken” PCR test system is so flawed that it is possible for travelers to enter invented codes into passenger tracking forms as “proof” that they have purchased a Covid test, a declared a whistleblower.
Yesterday, I reported on how a major flaw in the Covid testing and reporting system allowed travelers to reuse referral codes they entered on passenger tracking forms on previous overseas trips instead of booking a new test.
Now, an industry insider has claimed passengers don’t even need to enter a code issued by a test provider in order to avoid taking a test – and any combination of five letters and seven numbers will be accepted. by the system.
Authorities would “never” know if a passenger submitted a fake code on the form, as there is no way to verify that it is valid, added the software engineer, who works for a testing provider.
Under the tightened travel rules reintroduced to help limit the spread of the Omicron Covid variant, anyone entering the UK from a foreign country other than Ireland must complete a passenger locator form, allowing authorities to find them and contact them if necessary.
Passengers have two days to take a PCR test, which can cost up to £ 100. It must be booked in advance of travel and purchased privately.
Test providers are required to submit daily lists to the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) of the booking reference codes they have issued to the public.
But the whistleblower said: “It seems there is absolutely no consequence if [a] the number is wrong or has never been reported. The government would never know. They can do due diligence in the future and determine how badly the system has failed.
“We can issue any number as long as it’s five letters and seven digits long. It doesn’t need to be issued – you can go to the form and enter any code you like, i.e. five letters and seven numbers.
Test providers are required to submit daily lists to the Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) of the booking reference codes they have issued to the public. The insider asked if these reports are indeed verified.
He claimed that due to a technical problem, a large portion of the codes issued by his company are not reported to DHSC: “There are thousands of codes. [issued by] us that the government has never seen, and these people have arrived in the UK. These codes are not validated in real time.
UKHSA said: “The government has established the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities in UK history … We remain committed to providing world-class LFD, PCR and LAMP testing in the part of our winter plan. ”
In a previous statement to I Regarding travelers reusing old booking reference codes, the UKHSA said, “There are legitimate reasons an individual can reuse a code, such as last minute changes to their travel plans.
“Code reuse represents only a very small number of cases, and the UKHSA has systems in place to detect and prevent the low proportion of reuse deemed illegitimate.”
In July, I revealed how the NHS Covid Pass program allowed people to obtain ‘freedom passes’ using fake codes for lateral flow testing.