Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu 'hugely beneficial'

The announcement comes as the government pushed back a July target to regularly test all care home staff and residents – a key move to identify so-called silent spreaders, those who are infected but do not show symptoms.The announcement comes as the government pushed back a July target to regularly test all care home staff and residents – a key move to identify so-called silent spreaders, those who are infected but do not show symptoms.But those done in the community via regional drive-thru centres, using postal kits and mobile units, tend to take longer because they have to be sent away to labs for processing.The DNA test will not be rolled out until September, while the LamPORE test is ready to go now but is still waiting for approval from regulators.The testing system is complex and is reliant on many different factors, including multiple supply chains and having the workforce to carry them out.If just one thing goes wrong – as the roll-out of the whole care home testing system shows – delivery can fall short of ambition.

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