Coronavirus: UK working on 20-minute covid-19 test

Ms Pelosi walked through the salon without wearing a mask

Ms Pelosi walked through the salon without wearing a mask

The weekly number of coronavirus cases in England in late August was the highest since the end of May, according to government figures.

The British government says it is investing in a coronavirus test that gives results in as little as 20 minutes.

People contacted by the health service's Test and Trace programme in England must self-isolate for 14 days if they have been a recent contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, but they are not told to get a test unless they have symptoms.

"We are backing innovative new tests that are fast, accurate and easier to use, and that will maximise the impact and scale of testing, helping us to get back to a more normal way of life".

The move comes as critics say tests for the virus are being rationed in the United Kingdom because the system can't cope with demand.

"And we're finding a higher and higher proportion of people in the country who have coronavirus and getting them tests so they can be looked after".

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As of Saturday in western Quebec, there have been 886 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 33 deaths. The province has completed more than three million tests for COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak.

"I hope that if this mass testing regime comes off, if the new technologies we're working so hard on work, or if we manage to get a vaccine before now and then, then I hope we can have a happy and loving Christmas that people yearn for", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

But Alan McNally, director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, said he thinks the government acted too slowly. A phone app once touted by the government as a key contact-tracing tool is still in the testing stage.

"It is therefore hugely disappointing to see that the number of people the system reached went down again in the last week".

However, the government has come in for criticism after some who tried to book tests were reportedly told to travel many miles as capacity is directed where the need is greatest.

On Thursday, the health ministry said it would put 500 million pounds ($666 million) into trials of rapid COVID-19 tests and into population-testing for the disease.

According to NHS test and trace data, this is an increase of 6% which is the highest seven-day number since the week to 3 June.

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