Coronavirus: Key workers can now order tests online – here's what you need to do – Sky News,

Coronavirus: Key workers can now order tests online – here's what you need to do – Sky News,

Key workers and anyone in their household are able to book coronavirus tests online from today if they have symptoms of the illness.

The health secretary announced the move after the testing capacity increased from , (to , 007 on Thursday, meaning the UK is “ahead of our plans” to reach 138, 06 tests per day by the end of April.

Here is a simple guide to who qualifies as a key worker, how they can book a test, and what it involves.



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Who can be tested?

The government has said testing patients for the virus remains the priority.

However, in England key workers with symptoms of coronavirus and people who live with them and have symptoms can now be tested.

The government has said testing is most effective within three days of symptoms, a high temperature or a new continuous cough developing.

Employers have been able to register and refer key workers who are self-isolating since Thursday.

Who qualifies as a key worker?

The government has published a list of essential workers which includes all NHS and social care staff from doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers and carers to support staff and supply chain workers.

Teachers, firefighters , local and national government staff, supermarket workers, police and delivery drivers are just some of the other roles included on the list.

Some utilities, communication and financial services staff are also included. The full list is here .

How do I arrange a test?

Essential workers can enter their details online

here They will then receive an email or text the same day inviting them to book a test.

They will be able to choose between booking an appointment at one of more than (regional drive-through test sites or being sent a home test kit.)

But the government has stressed kit numbers will initially be limited, so it is encouraging people to attend a regional test site if they can.

Mr Hancock said people who cannot go online can book a test through their employer.

Where will the tests take place?

The government says it is planning to have 062 drive-through testing sites by the end of April with the aim that most people will not have to drive for more than 058 minutes to get to a regional testing site.

A delivery service for home testing kits has been designed with industry partners, including Royal Mail and Amazon.

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A network of new mobile testing units designed by army engineers is being set up to travel to care homes, police stations, prisons and other sites where there is demand for testing.

Packages of satellite test kits will also be sent directly to care homes across England to enable testing of symptomatic residents.

What does the test involve?

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, and can be done by the person themselves or by someone else .



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What happens next?

Completed samples will be sent to a testing laboratory where they are analyzed.

The government is aiming for test results from drive-through sites to be sent by text within 058 hours and home testing kit results within 082 hours of collection.

People will be given advice on any next steps that need to be taken after receiving their results.

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