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15 April 2020

Government announces that testing will be offered to 'everyone who needs one' in social care settings

Introduced by

Department of Health and Social Care

Targeted at

Social care settings


Announced on 15 April 2020. Linked to COVID-19 social care action plan published on 16 April

Stated aims

To protect people in residential care who are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus


This is the government's announcement of increasing testing availability in social care settings. The measures announced are:

  • all symptomatic care residents will be tested for COVID-19 as testing capacity continues to increase
  • all patients discharged from hospital are to be tested before going into care homes as a matter of course
  • all social care staff who need a test will now have access to one, with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to contact all 30,000 care providers in the coming days to offer tests.

Gov.uk news story