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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 156991, tabled on 23 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide lateral flow tests at no cost to residents in supported living schemes.

Answered on

12 March 2021

From 25 February, we expanded our free asymptomatic testing and included rapid lateral flow device (LFD) testing for staff in ‘high risk’ extra care and supported living settings alongside the existing weekly and monthly polymerase chain reaction testing for staff and residents, in line with the latest evidence. We are constantly reviewing our testing arrangements in extra care and supported living, as well as across adult social care, to prevent outbreaks and save lives.

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Department of Health and Social Care