Coronavirus testing is being expanded so that anyone with symptoms can now get checked, the health secretary has announced.
Matt Hancock told a daily news conference in Downing Street that the testing regime was “expanding to include under-fives so every single person who has symptoms can get a test no matter their age”. Mr Hancock’s appearance on Wednesday came in front of a new lectern slogan, which read “NHS Test and Trace”, as he confirmed further details on the new approach. Download the new Independent Premium app .
The minister said the test and trace scheme would begin to replace the national lockdown with “individual isolation” for people contacted by testing authorities, as well as “local action where it’s necessary to respond to a flare up”. He said: “We all have our part to play. This is a national effort and we all have a role. If you have symptoms, you must isolate immediately and get yourself a test.”