The NHS is to rollout twice weekly testing of NHS staff earlier than anticipated. The first 34 trusts should receive a kit for asymptomatic testing by the end of this week. This will benefit 250,000 staff. The tests will be rolled out to the rest of the English hospitals by the end of next week.

The test for asymptomatic people is less sensitive than the more accurate LAMP test to be rolled out by NHS Test and Trace in November and December.

The Government said only last week that universal asymptomatic staff testing would start in December, but the Government has now agreed it will bring this forward to this week for a first tranche of 34 trusts; and all others next week.

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