‘Essential workers’ able to book coronavirus tests online from Friday



The Health Secretary said essential workers will be able to book coronavirus tests online from Friday while companies will be able to book them for employees from Thursday.

Matt Hancock has dramatically expanded the criteria for who can be tested for Covid-19 as he sought to meet the “challenging” target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month.

At the daily Downing Street briefing he said capacity for carrying out tests was now “ahead of our plans”, with the ability to carry out more than 50,000 tests a day.

“Because capacity has now increased so substantially we are now able to expand who can get the tests.

“Our ultimate goal is that everyone who could benefit from a test gets a test.”

He said “essential workers” in England and their families – based on criteria similar to those used for deciding who can still attend school – will be able to be tested.

Mr Hancock said: “From today, employers of essential workers will be able to go on gov.uk to get a test for any of their staff.

“From tomorrow, any essential workers who need a test will be able to book an appointment on gov.uk themselves, directly.

“This all applies for people in essential workers’ households too who need a test.

“It’s all part of getting Britain back on her feet.”

Mr Hancock said the whole process would be free for those being tested.

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