Million more people in England can now avail the Coronavirus testing from today after the government loosened rules on who can apply.
Testing expanded last week to all key workers in England and their households and now all care home residents and staff, people over 65 and those who must leave home to work are entitled to a test.
Anyone eligible can book a test on the government’s test-booking website. Testing capacity has now increased to 73,400 a day, according to Downing Street.
Speaking at the latest coronavirus briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “From construction workers to emergency plumbers, from research scientists to those in manufacturing, the expansion of access to testing will protect the most vulnerable and help keep people safe.”It comes as the government prepares to publish for the first time up-to-date figures for all coronavirus deaths, both in hospitals and care homes. Previously, the daily reported figure has been restricted almost entirely to hospital deaths.