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Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute Covid-19 tests

  • Published at 03:14 pm August 3rd, 2020
Int'l- Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute Covid-19 tests
People walk past a near-deserted Flinders Street Station in Melbourne after the state announced new restrictions as the city battles fresh outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus on August 3, 2020 AFP

They will comprise 5.8 million tests using DNA and 450,000 swab tests

Millions of Covid-19 tests able to detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out to British hospitals, care homes and laboratories to boost capacity in the coming months, the country's health minister said on Monday.

They will comprise 5.8 million tests using DNA and 450,000 swab tests. Neither will need to be administered by a health professional, said Matt Hancock.

"The fact these tests can detect flu as well as Covid-19 will be hugely beneficial as we head into winter, so patients can follow the right advice to protect themselves and others," he said.

Separately, the publicly-funded National Health Service said it would be offering "Covid-19-friendly" treatments to cancer patients, including drugs that do not have a big impact on the immune system.

Britain's healthcare system has come under severe strain during peaks in the country's Covid-19 outbreak, which has killed more than 46,000 people, the fourth highest toll in the world, according to a Reuters tally collated on Sunday.

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