SOMEONE who leaves home to go to work can now be tested for coronavirus, Matt Hancock revealed today.
The Secretary of Health has expanded testing for Covid-19 to make sure millions more can get it – as part of sweeping plans to move the country again.
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Hancock also confirmed that the tests have been extended to include:
- Nursing home residents, staff and NHS workers without symptoms
- All over 65 and their families with symptoms
- Anyone who has to leave home to work and has symptoms, including builders, plumbers, manufacturers
- Families of anyone who leaves home to work and has symptoms
Speaking at today’s press conference, Hancock said: ” Anyone living or working in nursing homes can now have access to a test, whether or not they have symptoms.
“And we now have the capacity to go even further. FAs of now, we will make the tests available to everyone over the age of 65 and their symptomatic households and workers who have to leave their homes to go to work and members of their households who show symptoms.
“That includes construction workers, emergency plumbers, those in the manufacturing sector.
“This expansion of access to testing will protect the most vulnerable and help keep people safe. “
The five ways people can take a test are:
- NHS hospitals test
- Regional test centers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Satellite centers
- Receive a home test kit
- Mobile test units crisscrossing the country.
Last week, Hancock announced that about ten million key NHS workers and caregivers to police, firefighters, journalists and supermarket workers would be able to take tests via a new online portal if they did. needed.
But yesterday, online home test kits weren’t available just an hour after the release of new slot machines.
It was the fourth day in a row that sick Britons could not get the tests they needed through the portal.
10,000 home test kits were ordered yesterday on the site.
Until then, only a limited number of Britons such as patients, health and care workers and some key public sector employees were eligible for a test.
Where did the test centers go?
There are now 29 regional test sites set up by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs:
- Birmingham (Midland Metropolitan)
- Milton Keynes
- NHS Nightingale London
The Department of Health and Welfare currently supports 13 NHS trusts with satellite testing sites for their staff (located at: Bexhill; Bognor Regis; Bradford; Chester; Coventry; Crewe; Huddersfield; Kendal; Lincolnshire; Liverpool; Manchester; Sandwell and Wakefield).
Carless Britons will be offered a home test, including pads and instructions – with 1,000 kits sent daily before the program ramps up.
They will be delivered by Amazon within 24 hours, before being picked up the next day by Royal Mail.
All people tested will get their results by SMS within 48 hours of taking their swab.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare has launched a new web portal for employers and self-referral for key workers and their families.
Anyone can check if they are eligible and where they can take a test at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
During the briefing, Hancock also said that the government is on track to meet its goal of 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month and that by the end of the week, the number of home test kits available each day would increase to 25,000 5,000.
He said: ” At the start of the month, we set a target of 100,000 tests per day – ethe same day that we accelerate this and we are on track to achieve this goal.
“There are now 41 crossings, 48 will live this week.
“For people who cannot take the tests, we are extending the home tests to send them to them.
“We will go from 5,000 last Friday to 25,000 a day this Friday.
“By the end of the week, we plan to deploy more than 70 mob test units.
“All of this has led to an increase in daily tests of ability to 73,400. ”
Hancock also confirmed at the press conference that the Ministry of Health will now report deaths every day in hospitals, nursing homes and the community – despite the fact that these were not before that of death in hospital.
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