British prime minister plans quick coronavirus tests for theaters, concert halls, workplaces

Posted on: September 11, 2020

“Boris Johnson’s ‘alternative plan,’ which could allow life to return ‘closer to normality’ using 20-minute coronavirus tests, will be trialed” soon, writes Ashlie Blakey in Wednesday’s (9/9) Manchester Evening News (U.K.). “The Prime Minister has announced plans to introduce new types of tests … [that] will be used in workplaces, theatres and sports venues and will be able to provide results in as quick as 20 minutes. Those who are tested and provide a negative result will then be able to ‘behave in a more normal way’ that day. This approach … will be piloted in Salford from next month … with audiences in indoor and outdoor venues. Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on September 9, he said the government was coming up with a plan in case a vaccine is not found. He said officials were working hard to increase testing capacity to 500,000 a day.… Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty added: ‘I think it is likely that we will have tests of this sort at some point in the not too distant future, but that not too distant future covers quite a wide time range…. We have to … be absolutely sure that these tests work.’ ”