Scientists have developed an 'electric nose' that is capable of sniffing out coronavirus.

A nose

A nose

The technology sees participants breathing into a 3D-printed plastic device for 80 seconds in which volatile organic compounds are analysed for COVID-19 particles.

The Pen3 eNose has been built by scientists in Israel and the developers have claimed that it has 94 per cent accuracy.

Professor Noam Sobel, the project leader from the Weizmann Institute of Science, said: "The eNose generates a pattern in every odour and it characterises the smell of COVID-19. We are teaching it to smell coronavirus."

Developers took 26 samples to help the machine identify Covid and it was then told to spot the 27th case.

Sobel said: "It was a shot in the dark but the payback will be huge. We get an answer in 80 seconds. We are obtaining meaningful data that may open a path to rapid diagnosis."