Ambitious rapid coronavirus testing plans for England threaten to become a distraction from other key goals such as the roll-out of a vaccine, prominent health officials have warned.
Aberdeen University has set out its Covid-19 testing plans to ensure students can return home for Christmas.
Coronavirus testing will be expanded to all frontline health and social care staff, care home visitors, hospital patients and students returning home over Christmas, Scotland’s Health Secretary has announced.
Vaccines and wider testing will mean less reliance on social restrictions as the UK returns to normal post-coronavirus, the Government said.
Close contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus will be offered repeated testing rather than being required to isolate under new plans.
Boris Johnson will pledge major testing programmes for all areas forced into the highest level of coronavirus restrictions after the end of England’s national lockdown.
Aberdeen’s two universities are finalising their plans for the mass testing of students planning to go home for Christmas.
Mass testing of students planning to head home for Christmas will begin at the end of the month at some Scottish universities.
Lotus Engineering has introduced a pilot containerised battery testing facility to better understand energy storage solutions.
The Government is conducting a care home visiting pilot and hopes that testing for visitors will be in place for all care homes in England “by Christmas”.
A pilot of mass coronavirus testing in Liverpool has found 700 positive cases which would have not been detected otherwise, an epidemiologist has said.
Nicola Sturgeon has insisted three new coronavirus testing laboratories will be ready by the end of the year.
Plans to mass test the whole population for Covid-19 could “fail miserably”, an expert on screening has warned.
A pilot of mass coronavirus testing in Liverpool is “going in the right direction” but more people are being encouraged to take part, the Defence Secretary has said.
Two new "megalabs" are due to open early next year - more than doubling the UK's daily coronavirus testing capacity.
Week after week for months, I implored the First Minister to introduce the mass testing of asymptomatic students to try to prevent outbreaks in university towns when students returned to study and, week after week, I was told it was being "considered".
As mass coronavirus testing continues across Liverpool, here the PA news agency looks at the various types of test available.
All students returning home from university for Christmas will be offered a new "30-minute" test for coronavirus before travelling, but no plans have been confirmed for their New Year return.
Plans to introduce mass testing for Covid-19 at universities ahead of Christmas present huge logistical challenges and risk leaving students “in limbo”, a union has warned.
Mass coronavirus testing to help detect asymptomatic cases will be rolled out in 67 local authorities in England, the Health Secretary has confirmed.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has insisted the Government is making “very good progress” in developing a testing regime to reduce the 14-day quarantine period for international arrivals.
A pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing in Liverpool is getting under way.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that there is “light at the end of the tunnel” in tackling coronavirus.
The head of the NHS in England has suggested that all patient-facing health service staff will soon be given routine Covid-19 tests.
Heathrow has been overtaken by Paris Charles de Gaulle as Europe’s busiest airport, with the west London hub reporting rising losses.
A pre-departure rapid Covid-19 testing facility has been launched at Heathrow Airport.
A row is brewing between the UK and Scottish governments over claims a "testing capacity issue" had led to a delay in the processing of tests.
Eight-day waits for Covid test results will prevent care homes from taking advantage of new visiting rules to give families more time with relatives, Scottish Care has warned.
A new walk-in coronavirus testing centre has opened in Stirling where symptomatic patients can take a self-administered Covid-19 test.
A Labour MSP has hit out at the coronavirus testing “shambles” at a care home where the disease has claimed the lives of some residents.