Rachel has welcomed a further expansion in coronavirus testing which will see anyone in England with symptoms who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over now be able to get tested.
This will mean people who cannot work from home and those aged 65 and over can know for sure whether they have coronavirus and need to continue isolating. Members of their households with symptoms – a new continuous cough or high temperature – will also be eligible for testing.
The government also announced that NHS staff, care home staff and care home residents will be eligible for testing whether or not they have symptoms.
As capacity has increased, testing has been offered to different groups in a phased approach, prioritising NHS workers. However, the ultimate aim is that anyone who needs a test will be able to have one.
There are now more than 40 drive-through testing sites across the country, including at Worcester Warriors’ Stadium. There is spare capacity at the drive-through testing centre at the Warriors’ stadium in Worcester. By the end of the week, 25,000 home testing kits will also be available for ordering every day.
A network of mobile testing units is also travelling the country to reach care homes, police stations, prisons and other sites where there is demand for testing. The network is expected to reach over 70 units by the weekend.
Rachel said: “We’re heading in the right direction with testing being ramped up and millions more people now eligible for tests. This is how we ultimately return to a new normality.
“There is spare testing capacity at the drive-through facility at Worcester Warriors’ stadium. As well as that home testing kits are also available. I would encourage my constituents who are now eligible for testing and are displaying symptoms to book a test via the Government’s online portal.”
To book a test using the online portal please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus