Coronavirus: UK to roll out 10 million 'game changer' antibody tests

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"Because until we are absolutely sure about the relationship between the positive antibody tests and immunity, I think we as scientists would say we need to tread cautiously".

Mr Hancock said: 'This is an important milestone, and it represents further progress in our national testing programme'.

The tests were heralded by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as being a "game-changer" for lifting lockdown because someone who finds out they have antibodies can be "safe and confident in the knowledge that you are most unlikely to get it again".

Abbott said that data from its study and two others suggests that ID Now works best in patients who are tested relatively early after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

The swab test will be carried out in a number of A&E departments, GP testing hubs and care homes in the county in a trial lasting up to six weeks.

The roll-out will start with health and care staff, patients and residents from next week.

A test to determine whether people have been infected with coronavirus in the past has been approved by health officials and will be rolled out across the country from next week.

Superdrug became the first high street retailer to offer a £69 DIY kit to test for antibodies, where users need to take a blood sample at home which is sent off to an accredited laboratory for testing.

He said the new swab test "is interesting to us because it is so fast", adding: "You get the result on the spot".

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Hancock outline the figure during the Downing Street press briefing. The testing sites include urgent care centers, small family practices, large medical centers, public health centers and popular pharmacy chain stores.

'This is a victory for common decency and the right thing to do.

The decision came a day after another U-turn, when the government extended a scheme offering indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom to the families of all immigrant NHS staff who die as a result of contracting coronavirus.

Matt Hancock told yesterday's briefing: 'We're developing this critical science to know the impact of a positive antibody test and to develop the systems of certification to ensure people who have positive antibodies can be given assurances of what they can safely do'.

"So, we are essentially having a winter in health terms, in terms of mortality, but in late spring and early summer".

Hampshire Hospital NHS Trust will work closely with local authorities to identify priority care homes to visit and test.

One apparent holdup for the test and trace system has been delays to a bespoke NHS phone app, which is meant to track all the people with whom someone who tests positive has come into recent contact with, by communicating with others' phones.

Following a successful clinical trial, should the LAMP test prove effective during this pilot it will be rolled out nationally.

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