A test to see whether someone has already had coronavirus is being developed but will not be available within days, the UK government’s chief medical adviser says.

“I do not think – and I want to be clear – that this is something we’ll suddenly be ordering on the internet next week,” Prof Chris Whitty said.

The antibody test would let doctors and nurses with immunity to return to work.

MPs heard 3.5 million had already been bought and were being tested.

Public Health England’s Prof Sharon Peacock told MPs if they proved effective, “people will be able to order a test or go to Boots to have their finger-prick test done” in the “near future”.

But Prof Whitty said: “The one thing that is worse than no test is

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