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Everyone over the age of 5 experiencing coronavirus symptoms can now book testing via the citizen portal. These symptoms now also include a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste, as well as a new continuous cough or a high temperature. The general public can access the test here.


Essential workers and members of their household who have symptoms, should continue to register for a test through the Self-Referral and Employer Portals on GOV.UK. ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland have their own eligibility definitions for essential workers.


Care Homes in England can continue to register for delivery of tests for all their staff and residents, whether or not they have symptoms: http://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-care-home. The daily capacity for these tests is 30,000. The target is to deliver tests to all care homes, where the primary clients are older people or those with dementia, by early June. Expansion of testing to other care settings and re-testing of care homes will be guided by clinical advice.

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18.11.2020