Chief Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has come under fire after describing concern over coronavirus testing shortages as ‘carping’.
The Commons Leader told MPs people should instead celebrate the “phenomenal success” of increasing testing capacity.
Labor shadow Minister of Health Alex Norris said he should “immediately apologize” for his comments.
A spokesperson for No 10 said the government was increasing testing capacity.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the coronavirus testing system on Wednesday, saying he was trying to meet a “colossal spike” in demand.
And on Thursday, figures revealed that people using community coronavirus testing centers in England are waiting longer for their results than in previous weeks.
Only one-third of tests in community locations returned within 24 hours in the week through September 9 – up from two-thirds the week before, NHS Test and Trace said.
Asked about the testing by House Labor shadow chief Valerie Vaz, Mr. Rees-Mogg said: “The testing issue is where we went from a disease that no one knew a few years ago. months to a disease where nearly a quarter of a million people a day can be tested.
“And the prime minister expects that to reach half a million people a day by the end of October.
“And instead of these endless insults saying it’s hard to get them, we should celebrate this phenomenal success of the British nation by passing up to a quarter of a million tests for a disease no one knew about. existence before the start of the year.
“This is a success of our scientists or health experts and our administration. ”
Mr Rees-Mogg acknowledged that demand exceeded supply, but added that supply was increasing.
“What has been done is really quite remarkable and we have to be proud,” he said.
Responding to his comments, Mr Norris said: ‘For weeks people across the country have been struggling to get coronavirus tests, but rather than fix the problems, the government has instead resorted to a storm of transfer of blame and apology.
“Now the disconnected ministers have a new message to those who cannot pass the tests: ‘Stop complaining and congratulate us’.
“Jacob Rees-Mogg should immediately apologize – complaining that the public isn’t grateful enough won’t fix anything – only his government can solve the mess of the tests he chairs. ”
Asked about Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments, a Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister was clear on the need to increase testing capacity.