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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 34319, tabled on 24 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) public bodies and (b) companies are carrying out covid-19 testing; and what is the (i) sensitivity, (ii) specificity and (iii) cost of each those tests.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

27 April 2020

Testing is a crucial part of the United Kingdom’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government is working with a number of major suppliers to put in place additional testing capacity for the UK. This builds upon existing services offered through the National Health Service and Public Health England.

The suppliers and number of tests is subject to confidential commercial agreements and the Government is unable to confirm at present.

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