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Instead, a nurse is inserting a swab deep into his nasal passage for his daily COVID-19 test.</p><div class="_2X-83 g1U-R v-gc3"><section class="_1uHEE _2Mryn" role="contentinfo" aria-label="key points" data-component="KeyPoints"><h2 class="wYJvU _1o1Da _1cBaI _18377 _2yZBa _3I3Xh _2uBSR _10YQT _1lh6E" data-component="Heading">Key points:</h2><ul class="_1PvbE" data-component="List" role="list"><li class="" data-component="ListItem"><span class="_216m9 _2aqv9"></span>Boris Johnson wants to test 10 million people a day by 2021</li><li class="" data-component="ListItem"><span class="_216m9 _2aqv9"></span>It could cost the UK $180 billion</li><li class="" data-component="ListItem"><span class="_216m9 _2aqv9"></span>Some experts say Operation Moonshot is not realistic </li></ul></section><div id="article-key-points-after"></div></div><p class="_1HzXw">He has already had 30 tests so has become accustomed to the sensation. He almost seems to enjoy it.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;I go to my happy place,&quot; he said.</p><p class="_1HzXw">The entire London cast and crew of Sleepless, a musical based on Sleepless in Seattle, are being tested daily to guard against COVID-19 outbreaks.</p><p class="_1HzXw">While audience members wear masks and remain socially distant, the cast members can hug each other.</p><p class="_1HzXw">It&#x27;s almost unthinkable in a country where COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising.</p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="12703796" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://imageproxy/12703796"><div class="_3C2ok" data-component="IntersectionObserver"><div class="_3C5J1" style="padding-bottom:66.66666666666666%" data-component="AspectRatioContainer"><img alt="A young man in a t-shirt stands at the entrance to a theatre" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image" data-nojs="true" data-src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/99f3831d16443e5c4aa848d74ce393b6?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1766&amp;cropW=2648&amp;xPos=154&amp;yPos=205&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" data-sizes="100vw"/><noscript><img alt="A young man in a t-shirt stands at the entrance to a theatre" src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/99f3831d16443e5c4aa848d74ce393b6?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1766&amp;cropW=2648&amp;xPos=154&amp;yPos=205&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" sizes="100vw" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="12703796" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->The COVID-19 tests mean actors like Jay can focus on their performance without worrying about catching the disease.<cite class="_3gxdk _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Figure__cite">(<span class="_16znc _3rsys _1cBaI _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Byline"><span class="_3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Text"><span>ABC News: Nick Dole </span></span></span>)</cite></figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">But the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to take the theatre&#x27;s regular testing strategy and apply it to the entire kingdom. </p><p class="_1HzXw">He has <a class="fmhNa nsZdE _2c2Zy _1tOey" href="/news/2020-09-23/how-did-the-uk-end-up-back-under-coronavirus-restrictions/12690190" data-component="ContentLink" data-uri="coremedia://article/12690190">introduced new restrictions on pubs, restaurants and social gatherings this week</a>, but is pinning his hopes on an ambitious mass testing program he&#x27;s dubbed Operation Moonshot. </p><p class="_1HzXw">The proposal, which would cost the UK up to $180 billion, would allow people to return to a semi-normal life — even without a vaccine. </p><aside class="_2X-83 g1U-R _3sGZp" data-component="LegacyWysiwyg" data-print="inline-media" data-uri="coremedia://teaser/12028038" title="Coronavirus update teaser"><a class="fmhNa nsZdE _2c2Zy _1tOey" href="/news/story-streams/coronavirus/" data-component="ContentLink" data-uri="coremedia://externallink/13319162">Read our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic</a></aside><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;That&#x27;s the hope. That&#x27;s the dream,&quot; Mr Johnson declared in a televised address on September 23. </p><p class="_1HzXw">But with the <a class="fmhNa nsZdE _2c2Zy _1tOey" href="/news/2020-09-16/uk-coronavirus-testing-shortages-impact-doctors-nurses/12667160" data-component="ContentLink" data-uri="coremedia://article/12667160">UK already struggling to cope with its current testing demands</a>, experts have serious doubts about the Government&#x27;s ability to fulfill that dream. </p><h2 class="_3HiYf _2K_6X _1cBaI _2b-O4 _2yZBa _3I3Xh _2uBSR _10YQT _1lh6E" data-component="Heading">Here&#x27;s what Operation Moonshot would involve </h2><p class="_1HzXw">Boris Johnson&#x27;s Government is aiming to achieve 10 million tests a day by early next year. </p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="dls-id-322705" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://video/12691754"><div class="Bp-gy _3QCKq" data-component="Player" title="Boris Johnson announces new restrictions in the UK amid a second wave of coronavirus infections."><span class="_2tb21" data-component="ScreenReaderOnly">Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.</span><button class="_35-9d _33jq-" data-component="PlayerButton" aria-label="Play Video. 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Duration: 1 minute 2 seconds" src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/826e00bd8ca73f2c02ccdac4c42376ac?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=576&amp;cropW=1023&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=485" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><noscript><video controls="" data-nojs="true" class="Bp-gy _2528y" poster="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/826e00bd8ca73f2c02ccdac4c42376ac?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=576&amp;cropW=1023&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=485"><source src="https://abcmedia.akamaized.net/news/video/202009/NOLs_Boris_2309_1000k.mp4" type="video/mp4"/></video></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="dls-id-322705" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->Boris Johnson announces new restrictions in the UK amid a second wave of coronavirus infections.</figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;That level of tests would allow people to lead more normal lives without the need for social distancing,&quot; Mr Johnson said when announcing the strategy in early September. </p><p class="_1HzXw">Under the plan, some test results would be available in as little as 20 minutes.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;Theatres and sports venues could test all audience members ... and let in all those with a negative result,&quot; the Prime Minister said.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;Workplaces could be opened up to all those who test negative in the morning, to behave in a way that was exactly as in the world before COVID-19.&quot;</p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="12704066" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://imageproxy/12704066"><div class="_3C2ok" data-component="IntersectionObserver"><div class="_3C5J1" style="padding-bottom:66.66666666666666%" data-component="AspectRatioContainer"><img alt="A theatre in London with people spaced out and wearing masks" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image" data-nojs="true" data-src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/ad69e06c51b166ca92f16cc9a9dc71fc?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=2001&amp;cropW=3000&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" data-sizes="100vw"/><noscript><img alt="A theatre in London with people spaced out and wearing masks" src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/ad69e06c51b166ca92f16cc9a9dc71fc?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=2001&amp;cropW=3000&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" sizes="100vw" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="12704066" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->Boris Johnson says Operation Moonshot would allow people to go to the theatre without the need for social distancing or masks.<cite class="_3gxdk _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Figure__cite">(<span class="_16znc _3rsys _1cBaI _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Byline"><span class="_3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Text"><span>ABC News: Nick Dole </span></span></span>)</cite></figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">There&#x27;s one big problem: the necessary speed and scale is not possible using current testing technology.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;All this progress is contingent on continued scientific advances. I cannot 100 per cent guarantee that those advances will be made,&quot; Mr Johnson conceded.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Sir Chris Ham, co-chair of the National Health Services Assembly, said the Government needed to be more realistic.</p><aside class="_2X-83 g1U-R _1VIKT" data-component="Pullquote"><blockquote class="_2Bzft"><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;We shouldn&#x27;t be shooting for the moon.  We should plant our feet firmly on the earth,&quot; he told the ABC.</p></blockquote></aside><p class="_1HzXw">Current testing capacity is just 263,000 per day and many people with COVID-19 symptoms are waiting several days to get tested.</p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="12704076" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://imageproxy/12704076"><div class="_3C2ok" data-component="IntersectionObserver"><div class="_3C5J1" style="padding-bottom:66.66666666666666%" data-component="AspectRatioContainer"><img alt="A line of people along a fence, some wearing face masks" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image" data-nojs="true" data-src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/e2b8c388c8d4bbbb159cb56f578ba812?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1997&amp;cropW=3000&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=137&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" data-sizes="100vw"/><noscript><img alt="A line of people along a fence, some wearing face masks" src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/e2b8c388c8d4bbbb159cb56f578ba812?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1997&amp;cropW=3000&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=137&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" sizes="100vw" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="12704076" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->The UK is dealing with a massive backlog in COVID-19 test swabs after its National Health Service made testing free for anyone with symptoms.<cite class="_3gxdk _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Figure__cite">(<span class="_16znc _3rsys _1cBaI _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Byline"><span class="_3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Text"><span>Reuters: Hannah McKay</span></span></span>)</cite></figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">Other patients are being advised to visit testing facilities hundreds of kilometres away due to laboratory backlogs.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Up to 185,000 tests still need to be processed, <a class="fmhNa nsZdE _2c2Zy _1tOey" href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-uk-test-and-trace-lab-swab-void-germany-italy-b434394.html" data-component="ContentLink" data-uri="coremedia://externallink/12704912">according to the UK Independent.</a></p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;It&#x27;s not unusual for our Prime Minister to set out very bold and ambitious ideas,&quot; Sir Chris Ham said.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;The difficulty is, how is he going to deliver those ideas in practice? There is a bit of a trend of our current Government over-promising, and under-delivering.&quot;</p><p class="_1HzXw">Dr David Strain, co-chair of the British Medical Association&#x27;s academic staff committee, also called on Mr Johnson to focus on the current testing logjam.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;He&#x27;s been promising a robust test and trace service and an app. And yet neither of those have been delivered,&quot; he told the ABC.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;Now he&#x27;s promising tens of millions of tests per day, when we can&#x27;t even get those basics right.&quot;</p><h2 class="_3HiYf _2K_6X _1cBaI _2b-O4 _2yZBa _3I3Xh _2uBSR _10YQT _1lh6E" data-component="Heading">The rapid tests can spit out results in 30 minutes</h2><p class="_1HzXw">To achieve its goal, the UK Government will need to harness technology being used by the private sector.</p><p class="_1HzXw">The private daily COVID-19 screening at the Sleepless theatre production costs about $45 per test and provides cast and crew with their results in as little as 30 minutes.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Samples are tested in a portable on-site machine, which looks like a high-tech rice-cooker. The results are then delivered to cast members&#x27; mobile phones via an app.</p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="12704140" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://imageproxy/12704140"><div class="_3C2ok" data-component="IntersectionObserver"><div class="_3C5J1" style="padding-bottom:66.66666666666666%" data-component="AspectRatioContainer"><img alt="Two people in face masks examining a round piece of machinery which processes COVID-19 swabs" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image" data-nojs="true" data-src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/9b3b9c46369881eee2acb00cd81f6733?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=2001&amp;cropW=3000&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" data-sizes="100vw"/><noscript><img alt="Two people in face masks examining a round piece of machinery which processes COVID-19 swabs" src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/9b3b9c46369881eee2acb00cd81f6733?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=2001&amp;cropW=3000&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" sizes="100vw" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="12704140" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->The tests can be processed on site within 30 minutes, but some experts say the results are not as accurate as those carried out in a lab.<cite class="_3gxdk _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Figure__cite">(<span class="_16znc _3rsys _1cBaI _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Byline"><span class="_3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Text"><span>ABC News: Nick Dole </span></span></span>)</cite></figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">Sleepless co-star Kimberley Walsh said once she is given the all-clear, she can go backstage with confidence.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;It&#x27;s working really well and everybody feels safe,&quot; she said.</p><p class="_1HzXw">The rapid tests achieves 97 per cent sensitivity, according to the supplier, Geneme. </p><h2 class="_3HiYf _2K_6X _1cBaI _2b-O4 _2yZBa _3I3Xh _2uBSR _10YQT _1lh6E" data-component="Heading">Critics say Moonshot is &#x27;fundamentally flawed&#x27;</h2><p class="_1HzXw">The UK Government is also considering digital &quot;passports&quot; that would allow people to more more freely if they have tested negative to COVID-19.</p><p class="_1HzXw">However, Dr Strain said that would risk giving people a false sense of security.</p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="12704852" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://imageproxy/12704852"><div class="_3C2ok" data-component="IntersectionObserver"><div class="_3C5J1" style="padding-bottom:66.66666666666666%" data-component="AspectRatioContainer"><img alt="Boris Johnson in a mask looking at a lab worker with her hand in a large storage container." src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image" data-nojs="true" data-src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/d823da01d3dbe97c50e1144114319cfa?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1808&amp;cropW=2717&amp;xPos=68&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" data-sizes="100vw"/><noscript><img alt="Boris Johnson in a mask looking at a lab worker with her hand in a large storage container." src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/d823da01d3dbe97c50e1144114319cfa?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1808&amp;cropW=2717&amp;xPos=68&amp;yPos=0&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" sizes="100vw" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="12704852" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->Britain&#x27;s Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people could carry a passport with their COVID-19 status which allows them to live a normal life.<cite class="_3gxdk _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Figure__cite">(<span class="_16znc _3rsys _1cBaI _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Byline"><span class="_3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Text"><span>AP: Kirsty Wigglesworth</span></span></span>)</cite></figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;Using this sort of technology to say that it&#x27;s safe to enter a theatre, or it is safe to enter a football venue is fundamentally flawed.&quot;</p><p class="_1HzXw">He said the current &quot;gold-standard&quot; in COVID-19 testing uses &quot;very robust technology&quot; known as a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction test. </p><p class="_1HzXw">However, it generally requires laboratory analysis that takes several hours.</p><p class="_1HzXw">The 30-minute test has the advantage of speed, he said. </p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;It requires very little training, and it does genuinely give a result — similar to what the Prime Minister suggested — as simple as a pregnancy test.&quot;</p><aside class="_2X-83 g1U-R _3sGZp" data-component="LegacyWysiwyg" data-print="inline-media" data-uri="coremedia://teaser/12246626" title="Coronavirus super teaser"><a class="fmhNa nsZdE _2c2Zy _1tOey" href="/news/story-streams/coronavirus/" data-component="ContentLink" data-uri="coremedia://channel/12015988">Read our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic</a></aside><p class="_1HzXw">But he said neither test was perfect, because they couldn&#x27;t detect the virus unless the genetic material is gathered by the swab.</p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;It&#x27;s all looking for a virus that may not be in the mouth, or the airways, but still is present in the lungs and in the body,&quot; he said.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Dr Strain said future mass-testing capacity would be better used to aggressively hunt for asymptomatic people in the community, rather than deciding who enters theatres or stadiums.</p><h2 class="_3HiYf _2K_6X _1cBaI _2b-O4 _2yZBa _3I3Xh _2uBSR _10YQT _1lh6E" data-component="Heading">Costs of lockdown are &#x27;insane&#x27;</h2><p class="_1HzXw">The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the UK&#x27;s economy. It shrank by a record 20.4 per cent between April and June.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Close to 750,000 jobs were lost during the lockdown and more may be shed when the government&#x27;s furlough scheme winds up in October.</p><figure class="_2XhY1 _2X-83 g1U-R _3V6uS" role="group" data-print="inline-media" aria-labelledby="12704756" data-component="Figure" data-uri="coremedia://imageproxy/12704756"><div class="_3C2ok" data-component="IntersectionObserver"><div class="_3C5J1" style="padding-bottom:66.66666666666666%" data-component="AspectRatioContainer"><img alt="A man on a bike riding down an empty London street at night" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" data-component="Image" data-nojs="true" data-src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/6f86be02cd602828a82877d00df26e2a?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1980&amp;cropW=2974&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=8&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" data-sizes="100vw"/><noscript><img alt="A man on a bike riding down an empty London street at night" src="https://live-production.wcms.abc-cdn.net.au/6f86be02cd602828a82877d00df26e2a?impolicy=wcms_crop_resize&amp;cropH=1980&amp;cropW=2974&amp;xPos=0&amp;yPos=8&amp;width=862&amp;height=575" class="_1sqAO WIJbJ" sizes="100vw" data-component="Image"/></noscript></div></div><figcaption class="_1WKJ_ _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" id="12704756" data-component="Figure__figcaption"> <!-- -->Mass testing proponents say the cost of swabbing everyone regularly is nothing compared to the economic cost of keeping the country under tight restrictions.<cite class="_3gxdk _3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Figure__cite">(<span class="_16znc _3rsys _1cBaI _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Byline"><span class="_3rsys _1srG4 _3PhF6 _10YQT _2Cu8q" data-component="Text"><span>AP: Kirsty O&#x27;Connor</span></span></span>)</cite></figcaption></figure><p class="_1HzXw">Millions of school and university students have had their educations disrupted.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Colin Brown, the founder of Nex.D advisory, which is trying to expand Geneme&#x27;s testing in Europe, said the $180 billion price tag of the Moonshot plan should be viewed in context.</p><aside class="_2X-83 g1U-R _1VIKT" data-component="Pullquote"><blockquote class="_2Bzft"><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;The costs of lockdown are insane in comparison to the costs of mass testing,&quot; Mr Brown said.</p></blockquote></aside><aside class="_2X-83 g1U-R _3sGZp" data-component="LegacyWysiwyg" data-print="inline-media" data-uri="coremedia://teaser/12068434" title="Coronavirus app call"><h2 class="wYJvU _1o1Da _1cBaI _18377 _2yZBa _3I3Xh _2uBSR _10YQT _1lh6E" data-component="Heading">Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreak</h2><ul class="_2X-83 _3g3d5 _1PvbE" data-component="List" role="list"><li class="" data-component="ListItem"><span class="_216m9 _2aqv9"></span><a class="fmhNa nsZdE _2c2Zy _1tOey" href="https://abcapp.page.link/download" data-component="ContentLink" data-uri="coremedia://externallink/12066472">Download the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the world</a></li></ul></aside><p class="_1HzXw">Geneme is now trying to develop a robotic machine, like an ATM, which could process up to 450 saliva samples an hour.</p><p class="_1HzXw">Mr Brown said the machines could be installed in public areas to help identify asymptomatic infections. </p><p class="_1HzXw">&quot;The key to actually stopping the virus, ironically, is not testing sick people. 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