ANTIBODY tests are being rolled-out from next week.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Government has signed contracts to supply 10 million antibody tests, with the roll-out starting with health and care staff, patients and residents from next week.

He told the briefing: “We’ve signed contracts to supply in the coming months over 10 million tests from Roche and Abbott.

“From next week we will begin rolling these out in a phased way, at first to health and care staff, patients and residents.

“The UK Government has arranged supplies of these tests on behalf of the devolved administrations and each devolved nation is deciding how to use its test allocation and how testing will be prioritised and managed locally.

“This is an important milestone and it represents further progress in our national testing programme.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said an antibody surveillance study suggests 17 per cent of people in London and around 5 per cent of the rest of the nation have coronavirus antibodies.