Press release: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown. Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms. Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 314 lower-tier local authorities.Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and…

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Press release: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms.Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 317 local authorities.Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and our vital services.…

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Press release: Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing to people who cannot work from home during lockdown.Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus (COVID-19) without displaying any symptoms.Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available across the country from this week, with the eligibility of the community testing programme expanded to cover all 317 local authorities.Local authorities will be encouraged to target testing at people who are unable to work from home during the national lockdown.Expansion of asymptomatic testing will identify more positive cases of COVID-19 and ensure those infected isolate, protecting those who cannot work from home and our vital services.…

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Press release: NHS Test and Trace told a record number of people to self-isolate over Christmas week

More people than ever before reached and told to isolate over festive period Number of positive cases up by 24.0% compared with previous week Test and Trace succeeded in reaching 84.9% of people who tested positive and 96% of their contacts Proportion of in-person test results received within 24 hours has almost doubled since previous week New lab partnership with Queen Mary University further boosts capacityNHS Test and Trace is successfully reaching more people than ever before, despite the anticipated challenges of operating over the festive period. In total during the week of 24 to 30 December, 684,747 people who had tested positive, and their contacts, were reached…

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Press release: More than 137,000 people in UK receive first dose of COVID vaccine in one week

More than 137,000 people in the UK have received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the first week of the largest vaccination programme in British history.The government has today released provisional figures which show at least 137,897 people received their first dose of the vaccine by the end of Tuesday 15 December. 108,000 people were vaccinated in England.The figures are provisional and subject to change. Formal statistics will be published every week from next week.The majority of the vaccines have been administered to the over-80s, care home workers and NHS staff through more than 70 sites across the UK.GP-led centres started vaccinating patients this week…

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Press release: Royal Mail to collect COVID-19 test kits 7 days a week

Collections will now be made from over 15,000 priority postboxes on a Sunday Royal Mail has been a key partner for the governments national testing programme for the distribution of coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits since the start of the pandemic The majority of the tens of millions of home, regional test centre and care provider tests have moved through Royal Mail for some or all of their delivery and return journeys since April 2020Royal Mail is introducing a weekend extension for over 15,000 existing priority postboxes from 21 November. Collections will now be made from these priority postboxes on a Sunday.Royal Mail has also increased its number of…

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