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UK very close to developing coronavirus test to reveal who has had coronavirus with no symptoms

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 19, 2020
The UK is very close to having a coronavirus test that can tell if someone has already had the respiratory disease and it immune to it, the Government's former chief scientific advisor has said.
Mark Walport
Health in Britain   Professor Sir Mark Walport
The science and technology allowing the development of this test is progressing "at the speed of light" compared to how it would have several years ago, Professor Sir Mark Walport told ITV's Peston.

Topics: Coronavirus UK

The Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation said that such a test would be "very important" as it would allow health care workers to be tested to see if they are immune to coronavirus, having already had the respiratory disease, allowing them to work with those who are infected.

Sir Mark said he did not know exactly when such a test would be available, but it would "role out quickly".