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Community asymptomatic testing is a major new tool to help identify and isolate individuals who have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms and may inadvertently be spreading the virus.

Alongside the deployment of tests to NHS front-line staff, social care and other critical settings, testing of asymptomatic individuals within the community can help suppress COVID-19 and offer communities a direct route out of the toughest restrictions.

Published 26 November 2020
Last updated 11 January 2021 +show all updates

  1. Following national lockdown restrictions from 6 January 2021, we are expanding the eligibility of community-led testing to all local authorities across England. The document ‘Community Testing: a guide for local delivery’ has been updated to reflect this offer. ‘Community Testing: an explainer’ has also been removed.

  2. Added list of community testing programme areas.

  3. Added list of community testing programme areas.

  4. Updated ‘Community testing: explainer’ and ‘Community testing: a guide for local delivery’ to reflect that the community testing programme has been extended to support Tier 2 areas with high prevalence and at risk of entering Tier 3.

  5. Added the attachment ‘Community testing: a guide for local delivery’.

  6. First published.

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