Coronavirus testing to be extended to all care home residents and staff, health minister confirms

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Testing for coronavirus will be extended to all care home residents and staff, the health minister has announced.

Previously only residents and staff in care homes with confirmed case of the virus were tested.

Vaughan Gething said from this week, homes who have not reported an outbreak or any cases of coronavirus will be able to use an online portal to order testing kits for their residents and staff.

He said it will be rolled out ''shortly.''

How we tackle Coronavirus continually changes as we receive more emerging evidence and scientific advice. We have been very clear in our approach that our strategy is about reducing harm first and we will adapt policies in order to do this.

Vaughan Gething, Health Secretary
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The new policy is in an addition to the existing testing arrangements.

It comes following the same announcement made by the UK Government for care homes in England.

Speaking at the UK government's daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, Mr Hancock said there has been a "huge need to protect people in care homes".