Matt Hancock said a new rapid Covid-19 test that also picks up winter illnesses can be administered by non-healthcare professionals.
He told the Commons about the new
“rapid test for coronavirus and other winter viruses that’ll help provide on-the-spot results in under 90 minutes helping us to break chains of transmission quickly”.
He added: “These tests do not require a trained health professional to operate them, so they can be rolled out in more non-clinical settings.”
The Health Secretary also outlined details of the “pay to isolate” scheme.
“Today we also launch our new system of pay to isolate. We want to support people on low incomes in areas with a high incidence of Covid-19 who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home.
“Under the scheme, people who test positive for the virus will receive £130 for the 10-day period they have to stay at home. Other contacts including, for instance, members of their own household who have to self-isolate for 14-days will be entitled to a payment of £182.”
Published: 01/09/2020 by Radio NewsHub