Kent lorry chaos could get WORSE: Officials are performing as few as 200 tests an hour – meaning 10,000 stranded truckers could take DAYS to clear threatening food shortages after clashes with police and blockades

Officials performed as few as 200 tests an hour in Kent today, sparking fears the gridlock that has dominated the county all week, and seen 10,000 truckers stranded, could last for days.

Fights broke out between lorry drivers and police at Dover and Manston Airport as tensions boiled over while testing staff set up swabbing centres in a bid to get them across the Channel for Christmas.

But contractors have struggled to deliver the huge scale of testing ministers had hoped to see today, with the military now in place to try and speed up efforts, which sources have described as a ‘relentless operation’.

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