Coronavirus testing has become more widely available to the public, after the government eased its eligibility rules.
Coronavirus Testing Rolled Out to Millions More:
The testing expansion now means that care home residents and staff can be assessed for the virus.
This is regardless of whether they are showing any symptoms.
Anyone over 65 can now also be tested.
While those who have to leave home to work can now book a test, if they display any signs of infection.
All other key workers with symptoms already meet the criteria to be tested.
Alongside anyone who lives with someone who meets the testing criteria, can also examined for the virus.
Applications for a test can be carried out on the internet.
Hancock Says Expansion Keeps People Safe
Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that the testing expansion will protect the most vulnerable people.
Although the government has attracted many critics for being far too slow in rolling out its testing apparatus.
Testing Numbers Still Yet to Meet Target
The testing capacity in the UK is still to reach the 100,000 per day target as set by the government.
The Department of Health and Social Care revealed that testing volumes have climbed to 73,400 per day.
But this does not mean that this is the amount of tests that are actually taking place.
Overall there are 40 available testing sites open across the UK.
By the end of this week, the department has said 25,000 home testing kits will be accessible.
Additionally, the government is piloting sending packages of ‘satellite’ test kits.
They will be sent directly to care homes across England, to enable testing of residents.
So far, the health department confirmed that 4,760 tests have been delivered to more than 4,300 locations.
The department also said that over 25,000 care staff have already been tested.