Speaking at the daily press briefing today, the Health Secretary insisted the UK was pushing forward to develop testing capacity. According to the Government’s antibody surveillance study approximately 17 percent (1.5 million) of people in London have tested positive for COVID-19. He also added around five percent or higher from elsewhere in the country had also tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. Mr Hancock also stated three further antibody tests were under assessment to be used in the UK.
After agreeing a deal with Swiss company Roche and US company, Abbott Laboratories, over 10 million tests will be supplied to the UK over the coming months.
These tests will begin to be rolled out from next week, with NHS staff being the first to receive them.
Antibody testing is one of the crucial elements for the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The test will show who has had the virus, although it is not yet clear if after recovering the virus then gives you immunity.
There are currently two types of antibody tests.
The second is whereby is tested to see if they currently have the virus.
As well as revealing the Government’s testing programme, Mr Hancok also confirmed the latest coronavirus figures fro the UK.
A further 338 people have died from the virus according to the Government.
More to follow…
Published at Thu, 21 May 2020 16:15:00 +0000