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 greatly changed and expanded its Covid-19 virus testing programme over the course of the pandemic. Originally, the testing regime concentrated almost exclusively on patients in hospital. However, following criticism that adult social care was being missed, the expanded programme is now open to all care home staff and residents.

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

The Government states that the following groups are eligible for testing through the NHS.

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