UK coronavirus mass home testing available ‘within days’

25 March 2020 (Last Updated March 25th, 2020 16:00)

Public Health England (PHE) has said that thousands of home testing kits for Covid-19 will be available within days, reports The Guardian.

The UK government has bought 3.5 million of the tests, which have a 15-minute turnaround for results. They will be delivered by Amazon to people self-isolating with symptoms as well as being available in pharmacies.

The tests will first be validated in Oxford to ensure they work as well as hoped. Resembling a pregnancy test, people will need to prick their finger to produce a drop of blood which the device will then analyse. The tests are antibody tests, which detect the presence of the IGM and IGG antibodies that accompany a Covid-19 infection.