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27 March 2020

Government announces the development of a new testing programme to increase testing of front-line workers

Introduced by

Department of Health and Social Care

Targeted at

NHS staff


Announced on 27 March 2020

Stated aims

To ensure that any front-line NHS or care worker who has symptoms of coronavirus or who has a family member with symptoms can be tested quickly and reliably


In this announcement, which is also included in the daily briefing, the government provides further details on increasing testing for front-line workers. The government is working with industry, philanthropy and universities to significantly scale up testing. A new partnership has been made with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amazon, Boots, Royal Mail and Randox, alongside the Wellcome Trust and top UK universities, to boost testing capacity for front-line NHS staff. Dozens of universities, research institutes and companies across Britain are lending their testing equipment to three new hub laboratories which will be set up for the duration of the crisis.


Gov.uk news story