Daily lateral flow tests will be offered to 100,000 workers as part of efforts to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
The prime minister said staff working in key industries will receive test kits from Monday, January 10.
Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that staff working in a number of industries will receive test kits for each working day.
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People considered essential workers include those working in health and social services and other key sectors.
According to Gov.uk, these are:
Health and social service workers
All doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, social workers, and other front-line health and social care personnel, including volunteers, should have access to daily testing.
Education and childcare
This includes child care, support and teaching staff, social workers and specialist education professionals.
Key public services
- those who are essential to the functioning of justice
- religious staff
- charities and workers providing key frontline services
- the people responsible for the management of the deceased
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in the production, distribution and delivery of food.
Public security and national security
- police and support staff
- Civilians of the Ministry of Defense
- subcontractor and personnel of the armed forces
- fire and rescue service employees
- Staff of the National Crime Control Agency
- those who maintain border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those abroad
This includes those who “will keep the air, sea, road and rail modes of passenger and freight transport in operation during the response to Covid-19”.
- Public services, communication and financial services
- the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sanitation)
- Information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies will continue during COVID-19 response
- key personnel working in civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including, but not limited to, network operations, field engineering, call center personnel, IT infrastructure and data, critical services 999 and 111)
- postal and delivery services
- payment providers
- waste disposal sectors
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