Full list of who will get mass rapid Covid testing and when under new tiered system
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England will face tiered coronavirus restrictions when the country's second national lockdown ends on December 2.
Under stricter measures than October's 3-tier system, more areas are expected to be placed into higher tiers than they previously were.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said the new tiers would be tougher than their predecessors, after Government scientific advisers said the previous regime did not do enough to tackle the virus.
He also announced plans for mass coronavirus testing, with rapid testing being offered to those in prioritised categories such as care home staff and residents, along with those working in food manufacturing plants.
Under new plans, those who are contacted under the test and trace system will no longer be told to automatically isolate for two weeks, but will be offered daily testing – and only made to isolate if they test positive.
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Who will receive rapid testing when lockdown ends? Care home staff residents and visitors
This group will see an increased frequency of testing meaning staff will be tested twice weekly and residents weekly.
The testing in care homes is set to go live in December and will reunite thousands of desperately lonely residents with their loved ones.
Testing will be available for up to two visitors per residents – who will be tested twice a week.
High risk extra care and support living staff and residents
Those who offer extra care and support to high risk people living outside of care homes and in areas such as assisted accommodation will receive twice weekly tests, with residents receiving weekly tests.
These tests will be rolled-out in December.
Care home staff and residents will be the first to receive mass rapid testing
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Domiciliary care staff,
Those who support residents needing extra care in their own homes will also be offered weekly tests.
These tests are to be rolled-out immediately.
Food manufacturing plants
Staff at food manufacturing plants will receive weekly testing, with pilots of the scheme in such settings already underway.
The national roll-out for staff will begin in December.
Prisoner and staff will also receive weekly testing – stock image
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Closed settings – including prisons and asylum centres
Staff and all prisoners/patients will be offered weekly testing.
While pilots are already underway, there will be a phased introduction of the mass testing in December for this category.
Vaccine/testing operational staff
Staff working in vaccine or testing centres, or any key workers such as delivery drivers or those in the supply chain, will be offered weekly testing.
These tests will be rolled-out in December.
NHS patient-facing staff
While NHS patient-facing staff are already being offered rapid testing, this is now increasing to test high-contact staff twice a week
NHS staff are already receiving rapid testing
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In a 56-page Coronavirus Winter Plan document released by government today, it said piloting of rapid testing in schools, colleagues and universities will continue.
They also confirmed rapid testing will be deployed for specific one-off events, such as students travelling home for Christmas.
These tests on thousands of students travelling across the country to return home will start of November 30.
Appearing via video link from coronavirus self-isolation in Downing Street, Mr Johnson told MPs the three-tiered approach had been beefed up.
Johnson said: "From next Wednesday people will be able to leave their home for any purpose and meet others in outdoor public spaces, subject to the rule of six, collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen.
"But without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or New Year surge."