Britain said that it is investing in trials of a coronavirus test that gives results in 20 minutes.
Health minister Matt Hancock said he hopes mass testing using faster COVID-19 tests can be rolled out towards the end of the year.
“I want to solve the problem by having the next generation tests at a radically bigger scale. You can’t do that on the current technology very easily,” he told BBC television.
The health ministry said it would put 500 million pounds ($666 million) into trials of rapid COVID-19 tests and into population-testing for the disease.