Thursday, April 23, latest;
Speaking at the daily Government briefing, Matt Hancock said that all key workers in England – and their households – will be able to book a free coronavirus test online from Friday via the UK Government’s website. They’ll then receive a text or email to book. This comes as the number of hospital deaths from coronavirus in the UK rose by 616 to 18,738 people.
The Health Secretary did, however, refuse to be drawn on the Government’s lockdown exit strategy. He said a “test, track and trace” approach could lead to “heavier” measures being lifted and set out plans to ramp up testing as it’s also been revealed that trailing is underway on the contact tracing app which could warn people if they’ve been exposed to Covid-19.
“The message remains the same – that people need to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives,” said Hancock.
“The reason that we have clarity on that message is that it has succeeded in bringing down and flattening the curve, but we are not through that yet and there’s an awful lot of work that still needs to be done, and we are absolutely determined to avoid a second peak.”