Why is coronavirus testing important and what is the Government’s strategy for care home residents and staff?

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Why is coronavirus testing important and what is the Government’s strategy for care home residents and staff?

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The Government has recently announced an expansion of its COVID-19 virus testing programme. The original testing regime concentrated almost exclusively on patients in hospital. However, following criticism that adult social care staff and service users were being missed, the revised testing programme now includes a greater emphasis on testing care staff and care home residents.

Updates on the new regime can be found in the online government document, Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested.

The guidance states that, from 29 April, testing is available for:

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