The Goverment has released its Covid-19 testing priority list.

Addressing the House of Commons, Matt Hancock said: “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.

“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 priority list in full, as originally reported in The Mirror :

1. Hospital patients

The first priority is hospital patients, including all admissions.

The government says this will stop the spread within hospitals, where people are more likely to be vulnerable and at risk of dying.

It will mean "important clinical judgements can be made to ensure the best care for these individuals".

This group is both  with and without symptoms.

2. Care home residents and staff

The next priority will be people in care homes, including:

staff every week

residents every 28 days

all new admissions

In addition, the government will test whole care homes in the event of an outbreak.

This group is both  with and without symptoms.

3. NHS staff

NHS staff including GPs and pharmacists are next on the priority list.

This group is only people  with symptoms,  but people without symptoms can get a test if there are outbreaks, or they're in an area with high rates of Covid-19.

4. Outbreaks and surveillance studies

Next on the list is "targeted testing to manage outbreaks in high-risk settings."

This can include any closed residential settings (like prisons) or higher-risk workplaces.

This bit also includes "surveillance testing" such as for the ONS infection survey, which isn't designed to help individuals but informs the overall picture.

It will also include trials for new potential vaccines, and studies of particular at-risk populations.

This group is both  with and without symptoms.

5. Teachers

Teaching staff will be next in line for tests.

This group is only for teachers  with symptoms.

6. Everyone else in hardest-hit areas

The next priority will be given to the general public in high-prevalence areas who have symptoms.

This group is only for people  with symptoms.

7. Everyone else in lower-risk areas

This group is also only for people  with symptoms.