Boris Johnson says two scientific breakthroughs will make the coronavirus restrictions obsolete – the vaccine, and rapid testing.
He says: “As soon as a vaccine is approved, we will dispense it as quickly as possible.
“But given that this can’t be done immediately, we will simultaneously use rapid turnaround testing, the lateral flow testing that gives results within 30 minutes to identify those without symptoms so they can isolate and avoid transmission.
“We’re beginning to deploy these tests in our NHS and in care homes in England so people will once again be able to hug and hold hands with loved ones instead of waving at them through a window.”
By the end of the year, each care home resident will be able to have two visitors, who will be tested twice a week, he says.
Care workers looking after people in their own homes will have weekly tests from today.