A new £5 coronavirus test could get you results in just moments

A new £5 coronavirus test could mean that people can find out if they have Covid-19 in moments.

The inexpensive DIY kits have proved 95% accurate at picking up infections and could pave the way for millions to return to normal life in weeks.

It could help people hoping to visit families at Christmas and for the return of supporters to football matches.

Rapid testing for students is being used at Welsh universities as a way of getting them home for Christmas with their families.

Andrew Rhodes, chief registrar at Swansea University, told BBC Radio Wales: “This is a really good thing and has huge potential for next term and the return of students.

“They are very simple and work a lot like a pregnancy test as they are 99.7% specific to coronavirus. If I had seasonal flu, I would test negative. I will only test positive if I have got coronavirus. What we would do is test students three days apart and the tests have a sensitivity of 50 to 90%.

“That is always the risk of testing people with no coronavirus symptoms, it is possible you won’t detect the virus, and that is why we need to test people twice.”

A Government source told The Sun the on-the-spot checks of people’s Covid status would also “help us to get towards a normal life in spring”.

Hundreds of thousands of mass testing Covid tests will be rolled out in 67 towns and cities across the UK allowing for results in just 15 minutes.

While the Government will green light the shipping out of millions more if a pilot scheme testing everyone in Liverpool – one of the worst hit areas – proves successful.

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It would see a huge proportion of the country receiving results who have previously never been tested, with scientists estimating it could reduce the transmission rate by 90%.

Professor Sir John Bell, part of the UK Vaccine Taskforce, said: “These inexpensive, easy to use tests can play a major role in our fight against Covid-19.

“They identify those who are likely to spread the disease and when used systematically in mass testing could reduce transmissions by 90 per cent.

“They will be detecting disease in large numbers of people who have never previously even received a test.”

Sir John, the outgoing chairman of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research, has also predicted Britain could have two or three vaccines available by Christmas.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab – which hasn’t yet passed regulator tests – has been shown to effectively prevent the virus in 90 percent of cases during trials in a major vaccine break through. Everything we know about the vaccine

It could be approved for a mass rollout as early as December 1.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the vaccine breakthrough isn’t the end of the UK’s pandemic nightmare.

But he did later tell the Commons a potential vaccine and more effective testing would arm the UK with “two boxing gloves to pummel the disease”.

But some concerns about the quick tests have been raised.

Speaking about the rapid COVID tests on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary Jones said: “‘I think it’s good we have rapid tests, in fact we have always had rapid tests, they just haven’t been very reliable.

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“Even these rapid tests, attractive as they seem to be, only pick up 75% of people who are asymptomatic. Which means that one in four people who are carrying the virus could have no symptoms, could be passing the test, a false-negative if you like and transmitting the virus to other people.”

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Picking up on the optimism shared by many about the rapid testing, Dr Hilary called for caution adding: “I think that while it’s going to have its uses, I think we are going to have to be really careful and this idea that people can flock back to the theatre after having a quick £5 test…think about the logistics of that.

“How are you going to test 1,000 people, who is going to be doing those tests?’