UK Covid-19 saliva test to be trialled on 5,000 key workers squib

Alternative to nasal swab to be tested on police and army staff in next two weeks

A potentially “game-changing” spit test for coronavirus is set to be trialled by the government on 5,000 police and army staff amid growing concern about the accuracy of invasive nasal swabs.

The two-minute test requires someone to spit in a tube, and is thought to be as accurate, if not more so, than the throat and nose swab that detects if someone has Covid-19.

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