Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to evaluate the (a) operational effectiveness and (b) accuracy of covid-19 testing.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

All tests have been assessed as performing to manufacturers’ specifications before being used. The current tests are very specific and the risk of false positives, where the test is reacting to other viruses, is extremely low. Like any diagnostic test however, there is always the small possibility of a false negative or a false positive result.

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