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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 20:01

Coronavirus Testing: All over-fives in UK now eligible for testing

Everyone in the UK who is aged five or over with Coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a test, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Speaking in Parliament on Monday, Mr Hancock said the government was “expanding eligibility for testing further than ever before”, and that on Sunday, 100,678 tests were conducted.

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Tests can be booked online on the government’s website. Those in England and Wales without internet access can call 119, while people in Scotland or Northern Ireland should call 0300 303 2713.

Anyone who starts to experience symptoms of the virus should self-isolate for at least seven days, and other members of their household should self-isolate for at least 14 days.

Access to tests will continue to be prioritised for NHS and social care patients, Mr Hancock said.

The Health Secretary also announced that more than 21,000 contact tracers have been recruited in England as part of plans to help manually trace anyone who has had a positive test for the Coronavirus. Mr Hancock said;

 “Today I can confirm that we have recruited over 21,000 contact tracers in England. This includes 7,500 health care professionals who will provide our call handlers with expert clinical advice.

“They will help manually trace the contacts of anyone who’s had a positive test and advise them on whether they need to isolate. They have rigorous training with detailed procedures designed by our experts at Public Health England.”

The contract tracers are expected to work alongside the NHS contract tracing app, which is still being tested.

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