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Growing numbers of FM workers added to non-isolation list

27 July 2021

Following increasing concern on the impact of essential workers having to isolate after coming into contact with Covid-19 sufferers, more testing sites will be set up.

Many of those on the list of essential workers allowed to take daily tests rather than self-isolate are employed by FMs and service providers.

At present, there are approximately 500 sites where those contacted by the Test and Trace service can attend to take daily Coronavirus tests.

Those on the list of workers offered daily testing to avoid isolating include hospital workers, police, firefighters, supermarket depot staff and others.

According to BBC News, the government has said there will be 2,000 sites established in total to allow workers in prisons and waste management to be added to the list and continue to work if they come into contact with a Covid-19 sufferer.

According to the BBC, nearly 620,000 tracing alerts were sent advising people in England and Wales to self-isolate in the week ending 15 July.

The government has said 500 sites would be operational this week to provide daily testing for those contacted.

Companies are continuing to examine the details of the daily testing scheme to ensure it is applied correctly and that relevant members of staff are provided access to it.

Health Secretary Sajid Javed said the new daily testing scheme will be vital in helping to "minimise the potential for disruption caused by rising cases, while keeping staff protected".

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