British pharmacy chain offer rapid coronavirus test shows results in 12 minutes

A chain of chemists in Britain is set to introduce a fast coronavirus test in the coming weeks that it says can process results in 12 minutes, DPA reported.

The Boots chain said on Monday that the test will be rolled out “over the next few weeks,” and will mean customers can get results on the same day.

The private testing service is intended for people without symptoms who want to know whether they are infected before, for example, travelling to see relatives.

The 120-pound (156-dollar) test would not, however, be sufficient to prove to airlines that a person is not infectious, as airlines require a document from a registered laboratory. Boots has already started rolling out an in-store testing service that takes 48 hours.