High-risk work­ers to be tested

Western Daily Press - - Uk&world News -

TENS of thou­sands of peo­ple who work in high-risk jobs, such as taxi driv­ers, clean­ers and shop work­ers, will be tested for coron­avirus, even though they have no symp­toms, the Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced.

The Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Care (DHSC) said the pi­lot study, which be­gins im­me­di­ately, would im­prove un­der­stand­ing of the preva­lence of the virus in asymp­to­matic peo­ple in high­er­risk jobs.

It is be­lieved that peo­ple with­out symp­toms can spread coron­avirus to others with­out be­ing aware that they are in­fec­tious.

Firms in­cluded in the trial are taxi firm Ad­di­son Lee, BT, ser­vices firm Mi­tie and phar­macy giant Boots. Work­ers will be given a one-off test to see how com­mon asymp­to­matic Covid-19 is among th­ese groups. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Brad­ford, Ne­wham, Brent and Old­ham will also se­lect groups of peo­ple for asymp­to­matic test­ing who are deemed to be high-risk.

The DHSC said each busi­ness will re­ceive thou­sands of tests for staff via home-test­ing de­liv­ery or a mo­bile test­ing unit. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties will book tests for peo­ple at walk-in test sites. Those who test pos­i­tive must self-iso­late and re­sults will be shared with the NHS Test and Trace.

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