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Covid testing: How reliable are lateral flow tests? How to get your two free tests a week

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“This means they are accurate, reliable and successfully identify those with COVID-19 who don’t show symptoms and could spread the virus without realising.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Around one in three people who have COVID-19 show no symptoms, and as we reopen society and resume parts of life we have missed, regular rapid testing is going to be fundamental in helping us quickly spot positive cases and squash any outbreaks.”

However, critics have said the prevalence of false positives creates bigger problems.

Allyson Pollock, professor of public health at Newcastle University, said: “Mass testing is a scandalous waste of money.



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