COVID-19 Test Slots for Key Workers to be Booked in an Hour

Essential employees who show any symptoms of this virus may apply to test at one of the 30 regional drive-through sites.

The key workers are having a tough time to test for COVID-19 after all the slots had been booked up in an hour of the government website that reopened in the morning. 

It is the second day that had requested for COVID-19 home test kits and appointments for drive-thru tests have had to be stopped since the demand has reached its capacity in Wales and England. 

Yet, there is some kind of availability for drive-thru tests in Scotland.

According to the government, there will be more bookings released during and bookings will reopen at 8am daily.

Almost 10 million key workers and anyone in the households can qualify for COVID-19 tests in case they find any symptoms of this disease. 

The government has said, the testing capacity had increased from 40,000 to 51,000 on Thursday, meaning the UK is “ahead of our plans” to reach 100,000 tests per day by the end of April. 

Go through this post to know who will be eligible as a key worker, how they may book a test, and what it actually involves. 

Who can be tested?

The government has said, testing patients for this virus is of top priority.

However, in England, the key workers who have the symptoms of coronavirus and people who live with them having such symptoms can be tested.

The government has said, testing is very effective within three days of its symptoms, which can be high temperature or continuous cough developing.

Employers should register and refer key workers who seem to be self-isolating since Thursday.

Who is eligible as a key worker?

The government has already published a list of essential workers that consist of all the NHS and social care staff from doctors, nurses, social workers, paramedics, midwives and care takers who usually support staff as well as supply chain workers.

Teachers, local and national government staff, firefighters, police, delivery drivers and market workers are other roles included in this list.

Some financial, commercial and utilities are also included in it.

How can I arrange for the COVID-19 home test kit in London? 

Essential workers may provide their details online. For this, they will get an email or text the same day that invites them to book for a test.

This will enable them to select between scheduling an appointment at one amongst 30 regional drive-through test sites or a home test kit. 

However, the government has already stressed kit numbers that would be limited at the initial stage.

Hence, it might be quite encouraging for the people to go at a regional test site if possible.

According to Mr. Hancock, people who cannot be online may book a test from their employer.

Where will COVID-19 tests occur?

According to the government, it is already planning for 50 drive-through test sites by the end of this month, April.

This denotes most people won’t have the drive for 45 minutes to visit a regional testing site.

As per the delivery service for COVID-19 home testing in London, it has been particularly made with industry partners such as – Amazon and Royal Mail.

There is a network of new mobile testing units designed by army engineers set up for traveling to police stations, care homes, prisons and other sites where there is higher demand for testing.

Certain packages of satellite test kits will be sent directly to care homes across England to allow for the testing of symptomatic residents.

What does COVID-19 test consist of?

The test consists of taking a swab of the back of the throat and the nose that may be done by the person them or by someone else.

What will happen next?

Complete blood samples will then be sent to the laboratory for further testing where they will be analyzed carefully.

The government aims to provide the test results from drive-through sites that are sent through text in the next 48 hours and results of the home testing kit within 72 hours after the collection at Blood London

Mostly, people are given advice on the next step that should be taken after they obtain their results.

This will enable them to remain protected and avoid further spread of this deadly disease. 

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