Coronavirus testing has been expanded in a move by the Government to help protect the most vulnerable.
It means that anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over will now be able to get tested.
Everyone in England aged 65 and over with coronavirus symptoms can now get tested, along with symptomatic members of their household with symptomatic workers who are unable to work from home also eligible for testing.
Additionally, testing of all asymptomatic NHS and social care staff and care home residents is also being rolled out.
Anyone eligible can book a test using an online portal.
Working with Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the government is piloting sending packages of ‘satellite’ test kits directly to care homes across England to enable testing of residents.
So far, 4,760 tests have been delivered to more than 4,300 locations. In addition, over 25,000 care staff have already been tested.
Commenting on the move, secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock, said: “Expansion of our testing programme protects our most vulnerable and keeps people safe. Testing is now available to all over 65s and members of their households, if they have symptoms.”
Adding: “Any worker who needs to leave their home in order to go to work, and their households, if any of them have symptoms can also get a test. This means construction workers to emergency plumbers, research scientists to those in manufacturing – can now be tested. All they need to do is go on the internet and apply for a test.”