Millions of tests that can detect coronavirus within 90 minutes will be given to British hospitals, laboratories and nursing homes, according to a Reuters report.
The country’s health minister announced on Monday that the 450,000 swab tests and 5.8 million DNA tests will not require a healthcare professional to administer them, according to the news service.
“The fact that these tests can detect both the flu and COVID-19 will be extremely beneficial as we enter the winter, allowing patients to follow the right advice to protect themselves and others,” Hancock told the news service.
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The National Health Service said it would offer “COVID-friendly” treatments to cancer patients, Reuters also reported. The publicly funded organization said it will include drugs that do not have a major impact on the immune system.
Britain’s healthcare system has been strained during surges in the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. According to a Reuters compilation on Sunday, the new coronavirus has killed more than 46,000 people, the fourth highest toll in the world.