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Gov’t widens access to rapid COVID testing

09 February 2021

The government has widened access to rapid workplace testing in the construction sector, to help detect COVID-19 in people who are not showing symptoms. The testing system is now open to businesses with 50 or more employees. 

An online portal has been set up here for companies to order rapid lateral flow tests for employees.
The tests are being made available free until at least March 31.

The government said: “This hugely increases the number of different businesses that are able to sign up, so that small and medium size companies can benefit from rapid testing as we work to Build Back Better.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “To save lives and protect the NHS, we have again asked for everyone to work from home. But we know that for some this is not possible, which is why the workplace rapid testing programme is so important.”

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