Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to introduce universal testing of all UK citizens for COVID-19.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Testing is a crucial part of the United Kingdom’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Government is working on multiple fronts to deliver additional testing capacity.

On 4 April 2020, the Government published its testing strategy Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scaling up our testing programmes. That strategy describes in detail the five pillars of work which together will put in place the testing that is mission critical as we fight the battle against COVID-19. A copy of the strategy is attached.

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