Pregnancy-style Covid-19 testing raises hopes of night at opera – The Times

Do-it-yourself Covid-19 tests could allow people “day passes” to go to concerts and sports events after pregnancy-style kits were found to pick up nine in ten of the most infectious people.

The first published evaluation of the lateral flow tests being used in mass testing pilots showed they picked up three quarters of cases that would not otherwise have been found by the test and trace system, raising hopes that national screening could cut infections.

Ministers are considering a post-lockdown programme of nationwide checks to find more of the estimated half a million people presently infected with the coronavirus and isolate them to force case numbers down.

Longer term they are hoping that regular self-administered rapid tests could be used to give people a green