Coronavirus test result: How long to get your coronavirus test results back? | UK | News (Reports)

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How long does it take to get your coronavirus test result?

The testing process involves taking a swab of your nose and the back of your throat which can be done by yourself or by another person.

Across all testing methods, there is a network of couriers who collect completed samples ad deliver them safely to a one of the Government’s testing laboratories.

The swab samples are then analysed by the scientists in these labs before the results are communicated back to the individual.

The Government aims to return tests results within 48 hours of a swab being taken by officials at regional testing sites, mobile testing sites, satellite centres or NHS facilities.

However, test results may take up to 72 hours to be returned for home test kits.

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