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23 April 2020

Government extends testing to all essential workers in England and members of their household who are showing symptoms, launches new online booking system and rolls out additional testing methods

Introduced by

Department of Health and Social Care

Targeted at

Essential workers in England who have symptoms


Announced on 23 April 2020

Stated aims

To help essential workers return to work if the test is negative


This is the announcement that all essential workers in England and members of their households who are showing symptoms of coronavirus will now be able to get tested. A broad range of testing methods is being rolled out to increase accessibility, including home testing kits, mobile testing sites and satellite testing kits. A new campaign is being launched to provide information for essential workers on how to get a test.


Gov.uk news story