Scientists at the University of Newcastle have developed a test that could detect when someone got the coronavirus before they developed symptoms.
The test could provide a result in seconds by detecting an early marker in the released human body after the immune system is challenged by an infection.
Although one of these markers – called neopterin – does not specifically identify Covid-19, it would show that the immune system has been activated.
Above all, it could act as an early warning sign, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
The potential breakthrough comes as 708 people who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK died on Saturday, bringing the total to 4,313.
It follows that the government has committed to increasing the number of tests for the new Wuhan virus to 100,000 per day – but this has not yet been confirmed.
Scientists at the University of Newcastle (photo) have developed a test that could detect when someone got the coronavirus before showing symptoms
Home test could provide results in seconds (photo, nurse taking swab at coronavirus test station at Manchester Airport)
Saturday, 708 people who tested positive for coronavirus died in the largest 24-hour peak
Colin Self, a professor emeritus at the university, called the new test a “belt and suspenders” option that could slow the spread of Covid-19.
“The neopterin test gives us a very early indication that someone has an infection,” Professor Self told the newspaper.
“It would be a complementary test in conjunction with other test regimes and would allow us to take a belt and corset approach to manage the disease.”
Colin Self, professor emeritus at the university, qualified the test as a “belt and suspenders” option which could slow the spread of the virus
The test could be mailed to dozens of Britons confined to their homes after Boris Johnson imposed an unprecedented lockdown.
It can be done at home using blood, saliva or urine.
Saturday’s record for deaths, at 4,313, coincides with an increase of 3,735 in infections – the smallest 24-hour case jump in four days.
NHS England National Medical Director Stephen Powis hinted at a press conference on Saturday 10 that the infection rate had started to “stabilize”.
But he warned of “complacency” and urged Britons to stick to the lock rules, including resisting the temptation to congregate outdoors in UK parks and beaches this sunny weekend .
Michael Gove confirmed that the Midlands saw the largest increase in cases with 47%, while Yorkshire and the Northeast saw an increase of 35%.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster also revealed that Britain has taken delivery of 300 fans from China, while others will soon begin to be produced by a consortium of aerospace, engineering and F1 teams.
“We bought invasive ventilators from overseas partners, including Germany and Switzerland, and today 300 new ventilators have arrived from China,” he said.
Gove said the government is pushing manufacturing companies, including Dyson, to increase the number of ventilators available for people with coronavirus.
There are concerns that regional hospitals may see an increase in admissions similar to that seen in London, the epidemic of the viral epidemic in the United Kingdom.
Ministry of Health figures show the number of people tested for coronavirus has dropped below 10,000 per day – after Matt Hancock insisted that 100,000 per day was the target
By Sophie Tanno and Milly Vincent for MailOnline
Figures from the Department of Health have shown that the number of new people tested daily in the UK has dropped below Matt Hancock’s target of 10,000.
A total of 9,406 new people were tested in the 24 hours before April 9 at 9 a.m. – bringing the total number of people tested in the UK since the start of the epidemic to 183,190.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, using statistics different from those released by the Department of Health, said 10,984 people were tested on Friday.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health told MailOnline that the figure of 10,984 represents those who had to be tested for the virus twice, which means that the number of people tested yesterday was less than 10,000, or 9,406.
The Department previously stated that testing capacity for inpatient care in England currently stands at 12,799 tests per day. The spokesperson said the capacity tests were something they were working on.
NHS employee puts package in trash can at coronavirus testing site in parking lot near O2
Michael Gove pictured at a No 10 coronavirus press conference on Saturday
In the past two days, the equivalent number tested for the virus was over 10,000. Of those tested in the UK, 41,903 were confirmed to have covid-19.
Yesterday, Matt Hancock was forced to admit his promise to bring the COVID-19 test capacity to 100,000 per day at the end of April, without antibody kits, which are considered crucial to restore the Kingdom -United States as they can reveal who has had, and is now immune to, the coronavirus.
On Thursday, the number 10 flip-flopped on its testing policy by abandoning the previous centralized approach of health leaders and finally invited the broader sectors of science and medical research to help, private laboratories joining now in efforts to process thousands of swab tests.
But the government’s chaotic management of the testing crisis was revealed on Friday by scientists and commercial laboratories, who said they offered to help the government two weeks ago to increase testing for antigens – who say only if someone is currently infected – but have been ignored.
Matt Hancock at a press briefing n ° 10 on the coronavirus pandemic crisis in April 2020
Increasing swab testing is also considered crucial as it allows managers to test more self-isolated health workers and say with certainty if they have the disease, allowing those who do not return to the line front of the NHS.
Public Health England is believed to assess up to 150 different antibody tests, but several kits have already failed medical checks, one of which was wrong 75% of the time. Authorities have not disclosed how precise the tests should be before they are finally given the green light.
Antibody test manufacturers who sent them to PHE for evaluation said there was still no clarity as to whether their kits were going to be used, although some said their devices were 98% accurate .
An Essex-based DIY kit maker said officials would not even look at its product because it is a self-test, as opposed to the one used by doctors.
The drop in numbers tested comes as the number of recorded deaths from the virus in the UK exceeds 4,000, including a five-year-old child.