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Covid: 90-Minute test to be rolled out in hospitals and care homes

The rapid new LamPore swab test will give results in 90 minutes, enforcing efforts the stop the diffusion of Covid pandemic.

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UK abou to deliver 90-minute test

Next week, the test for Covid and flu showing results in 90 minutes are to be delivered across hospitals, care homes and laboratories.

90-minute Covid test will be provided from next week

This test is meant to be “life-saving” and said the “on the spot” test will help avoid the diffusion of Covid-19 this winter, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said. The Department of Health declared that the “rapid” swab and DNA tests will support clinicians and NHS Test and Trace staff differentiate between Covid and flu. With this test, patients would not quarantine for an illness that is not Covid.

Almost half a million new LamPore swab tests will be ready from next week for adult care settings and laboratories. Then millions of more of the test will be out later in the year, supplied by Oxford Nanopore. In NHS Hospitals it will be rolled out from September, while eight London hospitals have already used the test. Mr Hancock declared: “The fact these tests can detect flu as well as Covid-19 will be hugely beneficial as we head into winter. So patients can follow the right advice to protect themselves and others.”

DnaNudge supplied some 5,000 machines, which will guarantee 5.8 million tests in the coming months. Professor Chris Toumazou, co-founder of DnaNudge and founder of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, commented it. “The DnaNudge team worked with incredible speed and skill during the peak of the pandemic to deliver this highly accurate, rapid Covid-19 test. It requires absolutely no laboratory or pipettes and can be deployed anywhere with a direct sample-to-result in around just over an hour“, he declared.

Gordon Sanghera, CEO of Oxford Nanopore also said: “LamPORE has the potential to deliver a highly effective and, crucially, accessible global testing solution, not only for Covid-19 but for a range of other pathogens.”


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