(Source: Huffington Post)
The UK may need to do up to 10m Covid-19 tests a day – up from 150,000 – to tackle Covid-19, a senior medical expert has said. Professor Ara Darzi, a surgeon and co-director of Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation, said regular home testing could be the UK’s “best hope” against the pandemic.
He is overseeing a large study of home testing, involving more than 100,000 people, which has found self-testing at home to be a practical and acceptable procedure to the general public. He acknowledged the UK’s “formidable” testing programme may need to be increased to “one million or even ten million a day”.
He wrote in The Daily Telegraph: “Mass testing is not merely our best defence against the spread of the virus, it is also key to giving the country the confidence it urgently needs.
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