A version of a coronavirus antibody test is reported to have passed its first major trials in the UK.
The British government is reported to be making plans to distribute millions of free coronavirus antibody tests after a version it backed passed its first major trials.
The Daily Telegraph says the fingerprick tests, which can tell within 20 minutes if a person has ever been exposed to the coronavirus, were found to be 98.6% accurate in secret human trials held in June.
The newspaper says the test was developed by the UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC), a partnership between Oxford University and leading UK diagnostics firms.
It says that Britain's only antibody tests approved thus far have involved blood samples being sent to laboratories for analysis, which can take days.