UK coronavirus mass home testing to be made available to millions

Test to be validated this week, then made available to healthcare workers and general publicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of 15-minute home coronavirus tests are set to be available on the high street...

UK coronavirus mass home testing to be made available to millions

Test to be validated this week, then made available to healthcare workers and general public

Millions of 15-minute home coronavirus tests are set to be available on the high street or for Amazon delivery to people self-isolating, according to Public Health England (PHE), in a move that could restore many people’s lives to a semblance of pre-lockdown normality.

Prof Sharon Peacock, the director of the national infection service at PHE, told MPs on the science and technology committee that mass testing in the UK would be possible within days, saying evaluation of the fingerprick tests should be completed this week. The government later took a more cautious line, saying that the tests would not be available so quickly.

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