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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 94560, tabled on 23 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the reliability of the polymerise chain reaction test for covid-19.

Answered on

4 November 2020

The current sensitivity of our polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19 such as those used at our lighthouse laboratories is over 99%. All manufacturers of PCR tests for COVID-19 must meet the requirements of our validation process to ensure the accuracy of their tests.