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Coronavirus Test Website Closes Due to Demand
Health 28.04.20 

Coronavirus Test Website Closes Due to Demand

Coronavirus Test Website Closes Due to Demand

The new coronavirus test website that allows key workers to book coronavirus tests temporarily closed on Friday– just hours after being opened by the government. The Department of Health said they are working to “rapidly increase” availability, with more tests having become available on Saturday.  The government said that 5,000 home testing kits were ordered in the first two minutes of the website going live.

How Many Tests Were Available?

About 15,000 tests were booked to take place on Friday at drive-through sites across the UK. Downing street said that the total amount of home testing kits available on Friday were ordered. They hope to have 18,000 kits available each day for key workers by the “end of next week”. The website would be back up and running when the next batch of slots become available, the government spokesman added.

The expanded testing scheme announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock allows all essential workers in England to register for tests on the government’s website, if they or a family member have virus symptoms. This means that up to 10 million key workers and their households are now eligible for testing, with the aim of allowing essential staff to safely return to work. Until this week, only a small group of key workers were eligible for testing.

When did the Website Fail?

The key workers testing application site crashed on Friday morning (a few hours after the website opened), following all tests being claimed by key workers. The health secretary announced the new testing arrangements at Thursday’s Downing Street coronavirus briefing, along with a commitment to recruit 18,000 people to trace those who had been in contact with those infected.The Department of Health apologised for “any inconvenience” caused by the temporary closure of applications. The government remains some way short of its target of carrying out 100,000 tests a day in the UK by the end of this month. Thursday’s figures showed 23,560 tests were carried out, though Mr Hancock said capacity had now increased to 51,121 per day. The data also showed a further 616 people died with the virus in UK hospitals, bringing the total number of deaths to 18,738.

Where do I get Prescriptions during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, many people are concerned about how they will be able to complete normal daily tasks such as collecting their prescriptions. This leaves many people asking where to get prescriptions in the pandemic?

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