Employers sign up to rapid testing
The Government and NHS Test and Trace have begun supporting businesses to implement rapid COVID-19 testing for workers without symptoms who cannot work from home.
An estimated 734,600 lateral flow tests have been distributed across the public and private sectors so far, helping workers who need to leave home for work during lockdown to continue to do so, whilst quickly identifying those who may be carrying the virus.
Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and may be unknowingly spreading the virus. To help stop the virus spreading, the government is making millions of rapid lateral flow test kits available to NHS and care home staff, primary care workers, schools, colleges and universities, as well as to all 314 local authorities in England.
More than 7 million test kits have been distributed to local authorities as part of the community testing offer.
Councils will have the decision on how to use the tests, prioritising those who cannot work from home during the national lockdown.
For more information, please visit ECA’s dedicated coronavirus recovery webpage by clicking here.