90-minute coronavirus tests expected to be available to millions in Britain

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The National Health Service stated it would be offering “COVID-friendly” treatments to cancer patients.
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Millions of tests that can detect the coronavirus within 90 minutes will be given to British hospitals, laboratories, and care homes, according to a Reuters report.

The country’s health minister announced Monday that the 450,000 swab tests and 5.8 million tests using DNA will not require a healthcare professional to administer them, according to the news service.

“The fact these tests can detect flu as well as COVID-19 will be hugely beneficial as we head into winter, so patients can follow the right advice to protect themselves and others,” Hancock told the news service.

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The National Health Service stated it would be offering “COVID-friendly” treatments to cancer patients, Reuters also reported. The publicly-funded organization said it will include drugs that do not have a big impact on the immune system.

Britain’s healthcare system has been severely strained during surges in the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. According to a Reuter’s tally collected Sunday, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 46,000 people, the fourth-highest toll in the world.

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