A ‘game changing’ coronavirus test has been designed in the hope of easing the UK’s ongoing crisis over testing.

The throat and swab test, which has been developed by a world-renowned British professor, can detect Covid-19 in less than 20 minutes, reports the Mirror.

Stephen Bustin, who is the professor of molecular medicine at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, said  the test can get the samples in just two or three minutes.

A negative or positive response to the test can be found within 15 minutes.

Stephen Bustin, Professor of molecular medicine at Anglia Ruskin University, designed the test

Early signs of its efficiency has shown 100 per cent accuracy in almost 30 patient samples taken.

Professor Bustin said: "A patient could feasibly take our test, wait in isolation, and receive results in less than 20 minutes.

"This would in turn prevent the laboratory backlog that is currently hampering efforts to stop the virus circulating in our community."

Professor Stephen Bustin's qPCR machine,with testing data on the laptop screen next to it

He added: "The current pandemic has revealed shortcomings in global response procedures and it is essential, that public health institutes, regulatory bodies and standards organisations to adopt a shared set of guidelines, protocols and standards that allow a common and meaningful interpretation of any emerging molecular testing regimen.

"Its design minimises the likelihood of assay failure causing false negative test results and its robustness provides a promise for its further development as an extreme polymerase chain reaction assay for use with point of care devices.”

Currently submitted for peer-review in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, the test Cov2-ID is said to be both fast and simple to carry out and could be used in schools, GP surgeries, offices, airports and across the NHS.

Prof Bustin added: "Unfortunately, the existing tests available for Covid-19 are inadequate for testing and monitoring populations for viral spread.

"The tests not only need to identify who has the virus, but they need to work quickly enough to stop them passing it on."