Coronavirus: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th July 2021.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, since its introduction, how many people have participated in the daily covid-19 testing regime as an alternative to self- isolating; and how many of those people have subsequently had to self-isolate as a result of a positive test.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are currently two ongoing clinical studies on daily COVID-19 testing as an alternative to self-isolation. The general public daily contact testing clinical study is a randomised control trial led by Public Health England, trialling at-home testing. The secondary schools and colleges daily contact testing clinical study is a randomised control trial, sponsored by the Department and Public Health England, trialling assisted on-site testing. We do not yet have the requested data, but information on the number of participants will be published once the studies have completed.

The workplaces daily contact testing pilot evaluation scheme is evaluating the operational feasibility of daily contact testing in workplaces. Since the pilot began in March until 10 July, 3,596 individuals have been tested as part of the evaluation across 20 workplaces, resulting in 25 positive cases being identified.

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