Coronavirus testing expanded to all essential workers and families

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All essential workers, including supermarket staff, will be able to book a coronavirus test for themselves online as the government looks to meet its testing target.

Speaking at the government’s daily press briefing this evening, health secretary Matt Hancock said that employers of essential workers could book tests on the government’s website, while staff would be able to book tests for themselves and their families.

Hancock made the announcement as he sought to reassure the public that the government was working to meet its self-imposed target of testing 100,000 people a day for the virus by the end of the month.

The health secretary said the tests would be covered by the NHS and results would be sent to people via text message.

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