United Kingdom working on 20-minute COVID-19 test

British government has hugely expanded its virus infection testing capacity since the start of the pandemic, but critics say UK government is still not doing enough to find and isolate coronavirus infected people.


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United Kingdom working on 20-minute COVID-19 test

The British Government says it is investing in a COVID-19 test that gives result in just as 20 minutes, as critics says COVID-19 tests are being rationed because the system can't cope the demand.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says government is expanding trials of two new tests - a no swab saliva test and another that gives results in minutes. UK government also running a trial on the benefits of repeat testing of people without symptoms.

British government has hugely expanded its virus infection testing capacity since the start of the pandemic, but critics say UK government is still not doing enough to find and isolate coronavirus infected people.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is eligible for COVID-19 test, but the BBC reported Thursday that people who enter their postcode into the government's website are sometime being directed to drive through centers hundreds of miles away.

Health Minister insisted that system was working well despite some "operational challenges." British government says it has the capacity to perform almost 350,000 tests a day.

Source PTI NEWS

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