Perez slams fake COVID-19 tests

Date published: April 5 2020

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Racing Point driver Sergio Perez has lashed out at the actions of a medical practice in Mexico after they used fake COVID-19 tests.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to put normal life on hold with countries around the world going into lockdown and confirmed cases now beyond 1.2 million worldwide.

These cases have resulted in upwards of 65,000 deaths, and there is a scramble to produce effective testing kits in an effort to limit the spread of the virus which attacks the lungs, and the number of fatalities it is causing.

The United Kingdom recently rejected several baches of testing kits because they were faulty – one batch returned three false negative results for every four.

Meanwhile in the United States, over 1.5m testing kits have already been produced despite the virus’ effects arriving much later in the nation compared to places like the UK.

But the actions of a medical practice in Mexico have sparked controversy.

In the Province of Jalisco, there are just three testing facilities approved to perform Covid-19 tests. One hospital that is not approved, The Puerto de Hierro in Zapopan, has been charging locals for tests though.

And after a man who tested negative there later tested positive at an approved testing facility, Perez has taken to Twitter to vent his anger.

“Can not be! I hope the least you do is return the money to all of us who trusted you,” he wrote.

“But honestly I would like you to do something important for society to compensate for your serious failure.

“Today is a time to be united and support each other.”

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