Negative COVID-19 test does NOT mean you are ‘absolutely free’ of virus, warns expert

Professor John Newton told BBC Breakfast that testing negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus is not an absolute guarantee that you don’t have the virus. Professor Newton stated that a negative test is a very good guide and greatly reduces your risk. 


Professor Newton said: “If you are a worker and you have got symptoms, increasingly now it will be symptoms that are not coronavirus as it falls, then you know you can go to work safely once you’ve been tested.

“A negative test is not an absolute guarantee that you’re free of the virus.

“But is a very good guide and greatly reduces your risk.

“For people who are older and at home, it is very important to protect our most vulnerable people.

“So, having a test does help manage people in the household and the person themselves.

“It is useful and we hope it will help.”

The UK Government has received some criticism for their lack of testing capacity compared to other European countries. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock set a target of achieving 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April but has yet to meet it. 


At the time of writing, Britain has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

The UK has more than 161,000 cases in total.

The death toll in Britain is currently higher than 21,000 people. 

A total of 585 people died as a result of coronavirus yesterday in the UK.

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Worldwide there have been more than 3,100,000 COVID-19 cases.

The death toll has reached more than 215,000 at the time of writing.

More than 950,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.

The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 1,000,000 confirmed cases.

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