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All essential workers can book a free coronavirus test online from tomorrow, Matt Hancock has said.
And employers can go online and ask for a test for critical staff from today, the health secretary also announced, as he pledged to get “Britain back on her feet”.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, he said: “From today, employers of essential workers will be able to go on gov.uk to get a test for any of their staff.
“From tomorrow, any essential workers who need a test will be able to book an appointment on gov.uk themselves, directly.
“This all applies for people in essential workers’ households too who need a test.
“It’s all part of getting Britain back on her feet.”
Hancock also said capacity for carrying out tests had significantly increased, with the government now able to carry out more than 50,000 tests a day.
The health secretary has promised to ensure 100,000 tests will be carried out every day by the end of April.
The government puts the huge number of unused tests down to the fact some of the testing sites are inaccessible to people, something it says it is working on by setting up facilities like drive-through testing centres.