Press release: Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

Workplace testing now available to all businesses, including those with fewer than 50 employees Business encouraged to register interest by 31 March to access free workplace testing Regular testing will be a vital part of the governments roadmap to cautiously ease restrictionsAs part of the governments roadmap to cautiously lift restrictions, businesses of all sizes, including those with fewer than 50 employees, can register from today to order free lateral flow tests for their employees.Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus dont have symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus in workplaces without knowing. Rapid testing detects cases quickly in under 30 minutes meaning positive cases…

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Press release: Government launches call for evidence to improve health and wellbeing of women in England

To mark International Womens Day, the government is launching a 12-week call for evidence to better understand womens experiences of the health and care system All women are urged to share their experiences to form the basis of a new Womens Health Strategy The strategy will set an ambitious and positive new agenda to improve health and wellbeing and ensure health services are meeting the needs of womenLaunching to coincide with International Womens Day, the call for evidence will form the basis of a landmark government-led Womens Health Strategy, to improve the health and wellbeing of women across England and place womens voices at the centre of their…

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing in adult social care settings

On-site testing for adult social care services PDF, 1.75MB, 19 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@dhsc.gov.uk.Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Source link

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Guidance: Standards for official statistics published by DHSC

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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 March 2021

Good afternoon and welcome to Downing Street for todays coronavirus briefing.Im joined by Dr Susan Hopkins, from Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.Today, Ive got an update on progress in our battle against coronavirus, some new evidence of the effectiveness of the vaccines, an update on the cases of the Brazilian variant of concern and extra funding to support mental health in schools.Because, of course, on Monday that marks our first step in our opening up after this lockdown.Next week, classrooms will be buzzing with activity once more. I know parents across England will be delighted and relieved that all children are going back to school.Also,…

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Detailed guide: Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests

About 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still pass it on to others. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus spreading and protect your loved ones. As lockdown restrictions gradually ease we all need to play our part to help protect each other.The following people in England will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing made available to them as schools and colleges reopen: secondary school pupils and college students staff of primary and secondary schools and colleges households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils and college students households, childcare and support…

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Detailed guide: Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms

NHS Test and Trace is making rapid lateral flow antigen testing available alongside standard lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. These tests play a different, but crucial role in the fight against COVID-19.Around 1 in 3 individuals with COVID-19 do not display symptoms. Opening testing up to catch those showing no symptoms will help to find positive cases earlier and to break hidden chains of transmission.Lateral flow antigen testingLateral flow device (LFD) testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. In some circumstances lateral flow tests can also be used for…

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Detailed guide: The R value and growth rate in the UK

Latest R and growth rateLatest R range for the UK 0.7 to 0.9Latest growth rate range for the UK -5% to -3% per dayAn R value between 0.7 and 0.9 means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 7 and 9 other people.A growth rate of between -5% and -3% means that the number of new infections is shrinking by between 3% and 5% every day.The UK estimates of R and growth rate are averages over different epidemiological situations and should be regarded as a guide to the general trend rather than a description of the epidemic state. Given the increasingly localised approach to managing…

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Press release: New UK Government Covid testing site opens in Glenrothes

The UK Government has today, Friday 5 March, opened a new drive-through coronavirus testing centre at Bankhead Park in Glenrothes (KY7 6GH).The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises 8 drive through sites, 33 walk-through sites, 42 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all COVID testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in support of Scotlands health services.Tests must be booked in advance at: NHS…

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