Two “game changing” tests for coronavirus and flu – which promise results in 90 minutes – are to be rolled out in hospitals, care homes and laboratories as early as next week.
The swab and DNA tests will help deal with the virus in winter, enabling clinicians and NHS Test and Trace to differentiate between Covid-19, which requires sufferers to undergo specific self-isolation, and other seasonal illnesses, the Department of Health said.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock the new technology will mean “more people are going to be able to get tested more quickly, so we can find out where the virus is and tackle it and keep those rates of infection down”.
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