Expansion of COVID-19 testing

Wednesday May 20th, 2020

Everyone over the age of five with symptoms eligible to be tested.Coronavirus

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is to be opened out to everyone who is symptomatic over the age of five.
This means anyone who is displaying any of the three symptoms of COVID-19 – continuous cough, high temperature, or loss of sense of taste or smell – will be able to book a test at the drive-through or mobile test centres.
A limited number of home test kits are also available through this programme.
Tests were previously available to over-65s, key workers and to anyone who needs to work and cannot do so from home. They were also available to household members of those groups.
The extension in testing eligibility comes ahead of the rollout of the new Test, Trace, Isolate and Support (TTIS) approach which will be used to keep transmission in communities low as the country moves out of lockdown.
The extension is a four nation, UK-wide expansion of testing.

# COVID-19

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