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15-minute home test kits for coronavirus to be made available to Brits within days

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Coronavirus home testing kits will be made available in the UK within a matter of days according to health officials.

Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service, says that 3.5 million tests had been bought and would be "distributed to the community" within days.

The coronavirus kits will be on selves in chemists such as Boots and delivered by Amazon to those in the UK who are self-isolating.

The test involves pricking the finger to draw blood, which is then analysed by the device, and will be tested first in Oxford before being made available to the general public this week.

“Several million tests have been purchased for use. These are brand new products. We have to be clear they work as they are claimed to do.” Professor Peacock said.

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She continued: “Once they have been tested this week and the bulk of tests arrive, they will be distributed into the community.”

Peacock told MPs that any charge for home testing would be minimal, if anything at all.

Currently, only patients in hospital are being routinely tested for coronavirus in the UK, so if these tests are successful, they will provide some much needed relief for the NHS and may slow the spread of COVID-19 as those who test positive will stay in isolation.

The government plans to increase this to 25,000 tests a day within four weeks.

For more information on the spread of COVID-19 and what you can do to stay safe, and keep others safe, check out the official government website here.

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