Roche Diagnostics have created the kit, and have said they can provide hundreds of thousands to the NHS every week.
The blood sample kit, which can be processed by machines used in NHS labs across the country, has been granted the ‘CE mark’ that shows it is safe, and is undergoing final ratification at Public Health England’s Porton Down facility.
Roche Diagnostics said it is “in dialogue” with the NHS and the UK Government about a “phased roll-out of the test from mid-May”.
Previous tests assessed by the Government struggled to differentiate COVID-19 from four other types of human coronaviruses which cause the common cold.
It has also been given “emergency use authorisation” by the US Food and Drug Administration, with millions of kits to be sent to America.
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his plans to set put the UK’s exit plan from the COVID-19 lockdown.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, spoke to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge about how the government will likely mitigate a potential second wave of infections.
He said: “Obviously, it’s very important to avoid those morning peaks and the crushes would be completely at odds with social distancing.
“Of course, I’m concerned about people being able to wash their hands, which is still by far and away the most important advice above anything else.
“We can help with that by trying to have hand sanitiser, one-way systems, spacing on platforms and bus stops clearly marked out.”