Capacity will be boosted at hospitals, care homes and laboratories starting from next week, the government said on Monday, comprising 5.8 million tests using DNA and 450,000 swab tests.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Oxford Nanopore's new rapid LamPORE tests will benefit thousands of people with fast and accurate test results, removing uncertainty and breaking chains of transmission quickly and safely".
Ministers said the new tests were a "game-changer" for identifying and halting new outbreaks with a predicted resurgence of the virus.
Nationally, the total number of cases stands at 304,695, with 744 cases in the last 24 hours, whilst the death total stands at 46,201, with 8 deaths in the last 24 hours.
These new tests are not available to purchase over the counter or online, but you may be tested using one through the Government's Test and Trace scheme.
LamPORE detects active infection, providing a complementary testing solution to antibody detection, which is now only able to indicate a previous infection.
The swab test in particular is very invasive and uncomfortable, while concerns linger over the accuracy and reliability of the antibody tests.
With so little still known about coronavirus and without an effective treatment method or vaccine, rapid and efficient testing is the most vital weapon we now have against the pandemic.
The excitement surrounding the newly-announced tests stems mainly from the speed with which they are able to detect not just Covid-19 but also other seasonal illnesses.
He added: "With the ability to test not only for COVID-19 but also FluA, FluB and RSV on the same single COVID-19 Nudge cartridge, our multiplex test offers a vital solution to protect the NHS as we head into the flu season".
Why is testing so important?
Nearly 500,000 LamPORE swab tests, provided by Oxford Nanopore, will be available from next week for care homes and labs, with millions more due out later this year.
Where will the new tests be available? .
The UK says it is rolling out millions of coronavirus tests that can return a result within 90 minutes.
On April 2, the Government set a target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month.
Regular testing of residents and staff was meant to have started on 6 July but will now be pushed back until 7 September for older people and those with dementia, it has been reported.