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Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th April 2020.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when testing for covid-19 will be made available for members of the public who are not hospitalised.

Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he will introduce covid-19 testing for front line NHS and emergency service workers when they show symptoms for covid-19.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Holding answer received on 19 March 2020

The United Kingdom has tested more people than almost any other major economy outside of China, South Korea, Germany and Italy.

We have boosted the number of labs undertaking testing while home testing and drive-through testing is also available in some areas.

We have increased the number of tests to 5,000 a day and it reached over 10,000 on 1 April.

Both key workers - such as health workers - and clinically high priority cases will be prioritised for testing.

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