Black market coronavirus test sellers brawl in street after four-hour lockdown trip to buy ‘fake kits’ – The Sun
BLACK market coronavirus test sellers were filmed rowing in the street after one drove four hours in the middle of lockdown to buy 'fake kits'.
The man claimed he had driven from London to Cardiff in Wales to buy the tests – but then exploded in a fit of rage as he accused the seller of trying to sell him products that wouldn't work.
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In the bizarre Instagram post, the man could be heard yelling at the other male "I drove here for four hours and you're trying to sell me fake s***."
It appeared the two men had met in a carpark for the deal to buy the Biozek tests claimed to help establish if a person had been struck by the bug.
But the buyer threw the product onto the ground as he accused the seller of trying to sell tests that could have given false readings.
He said: "People could have been really unhappy."
The man behind the camera, who shared the video on his Instagram page, then shared a series of clips of him ranting.
He could be heard saying: "So the guy says to me I have got Biozek for a certain amount of money, I'm like 'OK, that's better than how much I get them'.
"I get them quite expensive."
He then claimed after much back and forth it was decided he would travel from London to Cardiff to pick up the products.
The man said: "He made me drive all the way to Cardiff and I opened it up and he's selling fake s***."
The buyer has regularly advertised on his social media account that he is selling coronavirus testing kits that will tell patients if they have the early stages of the bug, or even if they had recovered and have a level of immunity.
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The trip itself also breaks coronavirus guidelines, with Brits warned to avoid all but non-essential travel.
The UK government has warned some manufacturers are selling products for the diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection or immunity.
They cautioned: "These are typically rapid test kits that use a few blood drops applied to a small cassette.
"These tests should carry a CE mark which means that they can be sold in the UK and administered by healthcare professionals only."
It’s illegal to supply home tests in the UK because none have so far received a CE mark.
The five ways people can check whether they are infected with coronavirus are testing in NHS hospitals, regional test centres in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Satellite centres, home test kits or mobile testing units.
Antibody kits can test people to see if they have had the virus – because your body will develop antibodies from coronavirus that will stay in your system weeks and months after you have had the virus, yet they cannot tell if you have the virus right now.
A new antibody test which is said to be 99 per cent accurate has been developed and approved for use across Europe, as reported by the Independent.
However, these antibody tests are not approved yet by the MHRA in the UK.
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