Dr Hilary Jones has warned that some of the new rapid Covid-19 tests could be at risk of giving a ‘false-negative’ result.
Speaking to Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, the TV GP explained that ‘we need to be careful’ because some people carrying the virus could pass the test.
‘I think we need to be careful here with how this is reported,’ he told the hosts.
‘I think it’s good we have rapid tests, in fact we have always had rapid tests, they just haven’t been very reliable.
‘Even these rapid tests, attractive as they seem to be, only pick up 75% of people who are asymptomatic.
‘Which means that one in four people who are carrying the virus could have no symptoms, could be passing the test, a false-negative if you like and transmitting the virus to other people.’
Dr Hilary has issued a warning about the tests (Picture: ITV)
Dr Hilary went on to add that while the tests will have their uses, we need to ‘think about the logistics’ of it.
‘I think that while it’s going to have its uses, I think we are going to have to be really careful and this idea that people can flock back to the theatre after having a quick £5 test – think about the logistics of that,’ he continued.
‘How are you going to test 1,000 people, who is going to be doing those tests?’
The new rapid test could give a ‘false-negative’ result (Picture: ITV)
Speaking about the death rate, which has now surpassed 50,000, the GP added: ‘We are seeing more deaths in the second wave – worse than other countries in Europe.
‘We have made a number of mistakes but there are good things we have done.’
Last month it was revealed that scientists had developed a new rapid Covid test that can identify coronavirus in less than five minutes.
The NHS Track and Trace will send out over half a million rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests to local public health leaders this week, Prime MinisterBoris Johnson announced.
Test kits will be issued to over 50 directors of public health across England, to enable local teams to direct and deliver community testing based on their local knowledge.
Each will receive a batch of 10,000 antigen lateral flow devices as part of a new pilot to enable them to start testing priority groups.
Good Morning Britain airs at 6am on ITV.
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