Mass home-testing “available within days” in the UK

COVID-19: Amazon to deliver kits to people self-isolating

Image of home testing kitsThanks to Peter for a link to the Guardian reporting that thousands of 15-minute home tests for coronavirus will be delivered by Amazon to people self-isolating with symptoms or will go on sale on high street within days, according to Public Health England (PHE), in a move that could restore many people’s lives to a semblance of pre-lockdown normality. Previously home testing kits were thought to be weeks away.

Prof Sharon Peacock, the director of the national infection service at PHE, told MPs on the science and technology committee that mass testing in the UK would be possible by next week.

The UK government has bought 3.5m of the tests, which the health secretary, Matt Hancock, mentioned on Tuesday with no suggestion they would be available to the public so quickly and is ordering millions more.

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