Expansion of COVID-19 testing in care settings

At the government’s daily COVID-19 briefing yesterday, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a further expansion of its testing programme for COVID-19 in care settings.   Previously the focus had been on care homes providing care for over 65s and for those with dementia.  Testing will now be available for all residents and staff in England whether or not they have symptoms of COVID-19.  Testing will also be extended to under 65s and to encompass for example adults with a learning disability or with mental health problems.

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