Coronavirus testing in England

Coronavirus testing in England is available for millions of more people in the nation from today. The number has increased after the British government loosened the rules on – “who can apply.” The extended eligibility means that home residents and healthcare staff without or with symptoms can request for coronavirus testing.

People who are more than 65 years old, or anyone who have to leave his home for going to work can book a test if they have any single symptom.

The extension in the range of eligibility beyond only the workers and hospital patients indicates that 25 million people in the nation can book for coronavirus testing in England, and they can do it through the government’s test-booking website. The symptoms of coronavirus are – persistent dry cough, a raised temperature, or fever.

According to Downing Street, the testing capacity is now soared to 73,400 per day, though home testing kits, as well as appointments at some regional centers in Wales, had run out about an hour right after the booking was launched.

Who can be tested?

Now, there are a wide range of people can book for coronavirus testing including –

  • Hospitals patients suspected of being infected
  • Frontline health and social workers
  • NHS patients and residents in care homes
  • Workers with symptoms
  • 65 years old people (with symptoms)

Dominic Raab, the First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary responding to the questions from Labour Party leader, said that the target of 250,000 tests per day by the Prime Minister remained a dream. He added that the main point was the 100,000 milestone, which was only the first stepping stone towards testing that is important to the broader tracking, testing, and tracing regime that they would need.

In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, said that all the patients having more than 70 years old and are admitted to the hospital for any cause will be tested for COVID-19.