Quick-result tests deployed in trials in hotspot areas

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Swab for covid-19 testing(Source: The Independent)

Quick-result coronavirus tests are to be trialled in areas of northern England where cases are surging in a bid to speed up the process of isolating infected people, Downing Street has said.

And seven hospitals across England are to start regular testing of asymptomatic NHS staff with a recently-developed saliva swab known as a “Lamp test” (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) in order to catch infections early.

Under a set of pilot schemes announced today, new-style lateral flow test kits will be sent to care homes, schools and universities in the northwest and northeast of England, as well as the Yorkshire & Humber region, said Downing Street.

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