The Government is set to roll out a new COVID-19 detection test that can give results within 90 minutes.
It will begin to be used in care homes and in labs from next week.
Sky News reported how the two new types of test do not require trained health staff to operate them and can also pick up other winter viruses.
The current tests carried out in-person are fed back the following day while home kits take longer.
Matt Hancock, health secretary, explained: “The fact these tests can detect flu as well as COVID-19 will be hugely beneficial as we head into winter, so patients can follow the right advice to protect themselves and others.”
The Prime Minister said he wants 500,000 coronavirus tests to be available every day by October.
The news comes as the government prepares to convene a round table meeting with care home providers who have been unable to access regular testing.
Ministers said they hope the fact that no clinical training is needed to operate these new rapid test machines will allow them to be used in a wider range of settings.