Clinical Scientist and Microbiologist, Dr. Anthony Jones, says the government has responded to the country’s COVID-19 testing woes too late.

Dr. Jones says private doctors have been advocating for more testing.

But he says the damage has already been done.

Tauna Thomas reports.

Several private doctors urged the government to ramp up testing.

But Dr. Jones said the Ministry of Health was slow to respond.

He explains that the signs of possible crisis were evident.

Dr. Jones says polymerase chain reaction, PCR, test are not enough to contain the spread of the virus.

He says the government needs a back up test.

Meanwhile Dr. Jones says PCR tests are slow.

He adds that the waiting time for results, contributes to the spread of the virus.