AT last some good old fashioned commonsense.

When Britain went to war, it went all out to win.

The general public, even those not showing symptoms, should have been allowed to get tested at chemists, supermarket booths and even primary schools, and even booths at sports stadiums before they were allowed in.

This would have meant that some positive results would been found at the early stage which would have allowed ‘the powers that be’ to have some idea how the spread of the virus would occur.

Children could easily be tested within their own schools, like tuberculosis and other testing was done in the early days of the NHS.

Is this latest effort surely a matter of money and not lives?

ANN HADDOW Warrington