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UK 'Has Capacity' For All Social Care And NHS Workers To Get Coronavirus Test If Needed

Dominic Smithers

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UK 'Has Capacity' For All Social Care And NHS Workers To Get Coronavirus Test If Needed

Featured Image Credit: PA

The UK government has assured all social care and NHS staff that they will be able to get the testing they need for Covid-19.

During today's daily coronavirus briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We have capacity for all key social care staff and NHS staff who need to get tested to get those tests."

And with the Easter weekend now having started, Mr Hancock urged people to resist the desire to go outside in groups, and to stay home.

Calling on the public to play their part in a 'national effort', he said: "However warm the weather, however tempting the beach or park, we need everyone to stay at home.

"NHS staff are battling day and night to keep desperately sick people breathing and they need you to stay at home."

He added: "Even if you are not directly involved... there is something that every one of us can do to play your part in the national effort.

Mr Hancock has urged people to stay home this weekend. Credit: PA
Mr Hancock has urged people to stay home this weekend. Credit: PA

"Stay at home, because spreading the virus today risks lives tomorrow and increases pressure of those working in the NHS.

"Do it for them. For it for the people you love."

Mr Hancock was joined at today's briefing by Ruth May, Chief Nursing Office for England, who echoed the Secretary's concerns and asked people to listen to the advice and stay home.

Addressing the public, she asked them to remember the 'sacrifice' being made by NHS workers who were dealing with the 'emotional and physical toll' of fighting the disease.

Mr Hancock also addressed concerns regarding the numbers of Personal Protective Equipment available to NHS and social care workers.

He assured the country that there was enough PPE to go around but that it was a 'precious resource' and needed to be treated as such, adding that 742 million pieces of PPE had been delivered to front line workers.

Mr Hancock said any NHS workers who need a test will be able to get one. Credit: PA
Mr Hancock said any NHS workers who need a test will be able to get one. Credit: PA

The Health Secretary also called on companies who had the capacity to help produce more PPE to do so.

It comes as the UK registered a further 980 deaths related to Covid-19, bringing the total to 8,958.

Mr Hancock added: "We never forget behind this number, behind each one is a name, a loss and a family which will never be the same again."

He explained that 19,116 tests had been carried out across Great Britain, with 5,706 having tested positive.

In a bid to fight the spread of the disease, Mr Hancock also announced that two further Nightingale hospitals were to be established in Sunderland and Exeter.

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Topics: uk news, Coronavirus

Dominic Smithers
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