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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3984, tabled on 5 May 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise different groups in society as the COVID-19 testing programme expands and the lockdown begins to be lifted and, in particular, whether ethnicity will be a factor in prioritisation.

Answered on

20 May 2020

We have rapidly expanded our testing capacity. Further increases are a top priority for the Government, and our overall ambition is to ensure that everyone who needs a test can get one.

As capacity continues to increase, we will consider when we are able to expand eligibility to other groups and the order of prioritisation both between and within groups. Our decisions will continue to be guided by the science and will take account of Public Sector Equality Duties.