Coronavirus - Commons Urgent Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour 4:00 pm, 22nd June 2020

My Lords, knowing who has and who has not had the virus is clearly essential in knowing who should be isolating themselves. The Minister has failed to answer my questions on what proportion of the self-testing kits are being returned, and on the estimated number of false negatives as a result of people not swabbing themselves properly or because of inherent weaknesses in the test itself. However, at the moment, NHS staff are being given antibody tests and many who have palpably had the virus and been exposed to it are showing as negative. What is the department’s working estimate of what proportion of false negatives there will be in those antibody tests?