A coronavirus home test kit will be available in Boots stores across the UK and Amazon within days, the government has announced.

The finger-prick test will be able to determine whether someone has already had the Covid-19 disease that is sweeping the country.

The kits are to be quickly tested in a laboratory before being distributed across the nation via Amazon and essential shops like Boots.

They could be rolled out by the end of the week.

The announcement has come from Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England (PHE).

The finger-prick test will be able to determine whether someone has already had the Covid-19 disease

She told the Science and Technology Committee that the public will be able to carry out the coronavirus antibody tests at home "within days".

Prof Peacock said: “Once we are assured that they do work, they will be rolled out into the community.

"Testing the test is a small matter, and I anticipate that it will be done by the end of this week.

"In the near future people will be able to order a test that they can test themselves, or go to Boots, or somewhere similar to have their finger prick test done."

The kits are to be quickly tested in a laboratory before being distributed

Currently, Public Health England is only testing patients for Covid-19 in hospital with nasal swabs.

This test only shows whether someone has the virus – and not whether they have already recovered from it.

However the new at-home test would reveal if someone has had the bug, built up immunity and is therefore unlikely to catch it again.

The news comes after it emerged today that Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus and it now self-isolating at his Scottish residence.

Currently, Public Health England is only testing patients for Covid-19 in hospital with nasal swabs

Camilla has been tested and her results have come back as negative, and she is now self-isolating in the same home as her husband but separately.

It also emerged shortly after that Charles had met with the Queen on March 12, and she is currently staying at her Berkshire residence, Windsor Castle, where she is in “good health”.

Meanwhile the UK’s death toll has continued to rise today, with NHS England yet to announce its latest figures.

This test only shows whether someone has the virus – and not whether they have already recovered from it

Six more patients died in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today, bringing the country's death toll to 22.

Th Welsh death toll also surged, with a further five patients dying since last count, Public Health Wales announced today.

And there have been five deaths from coronavirus in Northern Ireland.