Matt Hancock has set out how coronavirus testing will be prioritised in the UK.
The Health Secretary updated MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon on coronavirus - and detailed the government's "lines of defence".
Mr Hancock said they'd hit a record with testing capacity, "now at a record high 253,521 and it continues to grow."
“Today we published our list of where tests are being prioritised, setting out how we will make sure tests are allocated where they’re needed most," he continued.
“First to support acute clinical care, second to support and protect people in care homes, third NHS staff including GPs and pharmacists.
"Fourth targeting testing for outbreak management and surveillance studies, fifth testing for teaching staff with symptoms so we can keep schools and classes open, and then the general public when they have symptoms, prioritising those in areas of high incidents.”
He added: “The system relies on people coming forward for tests if and only if they have symptoms of coronavirus or have been specifically advised to by a health professional.”
The Health Secretary said that priority testing follows the "first line of defence of social distancing that everyone has the responsibility to follow."
He confirmed the announcement issued over the weekend on the £500 self-isolation support payment for those on low incomes
Mr Hancock went on to say that the new potential £10k fine for those who fail to self-isolate is part of the government "stepping up on enforcement."
Following testing, "the next line of defence is local action," he added.
He announced that where there are local restrictions in place where households cannot mix, there will be a childcare exemption for those who need to look after children under the age of 14.
“It means for instance, if grandparents look after children in order to provide childcare, where that is a continuous childcare relationship, that will be exempt, in the same way paid for childcare is exempt," he confirmed.
“This doesn’t allow for children staying with others or play dates.
“I know how much people rely on this in order to get to work and I’m really glad we’ve been able to this progress.”
Mr Hancock said that the Prime Minister will address the House on Tuesday on any further action needed to tackle the virus.
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