All frontline NHS staff will be regularly screened for coronavirus — even those with no symptoms – The Sun


ALL NHS staff will be regularly screened for Covid even if they do not show symptoms, Matt Hancock announced yesterday.

The Health Secretary said regular tests are being rolled out nationally to part of the effort to muzzle the disease and protect frontline staff.

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It comes after a study by Imperial College London said health staff should be screened weekly for coronavirus to slash transmission rates by around a third.

Mr Hancock told MPs in the Commons: "We have piloted the testing of asymptomatic NHS staff now in 16 trusts across the country and those pilots have been successful, and we'll be rolling it out further."

It comes after testing was ramped up, with Britain now able to carry out over 100,000 tests a day.

All NHS staff have been able to get swabbed if they had Covid symptoms or lives with someone who has.

Mr Hancock also promised to consider proposals to create a new national monument to key workers who have tragically died on the Covid frontline.

It comes as new analysis found at least 140 NHS and care workers have lost their lives to the disease.

Mr Hancock said: “It is important as a nation we remember and we commemorate the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives while serving on the frontline of this war.

“It’s a war in which we’re all on the same side and we should commemorate those who have given their lives in it.”


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