Coronavirus ‘game changer’ testing kits could be unreliable, UK scientists say

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Coronavirus ‘game changer’ testing kits could be unreliable, UK scientists say




Concern continues over whether government’s virus pledges stand up to scrutiny

The huge stock of 17.5m antibody home testing kits ordered by the government after Boris Johnson said they could be a “game changer” could in fact be unreliable, scientists have said, saying that they may fail to detect up to half of coronavirus cases.

After the prospect of the pregnancy test-style kits was first raised, it was suggested the tests would be made available “within days” on Amazon and via Boots, to allow people who have had the virus to return to the workplace confident in the knowledge that they are safe.

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