Tens of thousands of people are facing delays in getting their coronavirus test results after a problem at the UK Government Lighthouse facility in Glasgow.

A statement on the Scottish Government's website today said it had been notified "late last week of a testing capacity issue" at the city laboratory.

It said that the issue meant around 64,000 tests from across the UK, including Scotland, will be rerouted this weekend to other testing centres in the UK and Northern Ireland.

The statement added: "It is important to note that the majority of these tests are still well within the 24 and 48 hour timeframe for results albeit we do expect to see an increase in the level of positives on Monday and Tuesday when the results are reported.

"The Scottish Government is urgently trying to establish with the UK Government what exactly is causing the delay in testing but this is mainly due to demand from out with Scotland."

It stated that the Scottish Government was continuing to reroute routine testing of care home staff through NHS Scotland testing facilities to ensure prompt turnaround times.

A UK Government spokesperson said: “This claim is categorically untrue. There is no capacity issue at the UK Government’s Glasgow Lighthouse Lab.  

"The Glasgow Lighthouse Lab is highly efficient, with the capacity to analyse tens of thousands of samples a day.  Rerouting tests to other laboratories is a routine practice to ensure timely processing.”