Who is a critical worker? This is who qualifies for priority testing

To alleviate staff shortages in industries considered vital to UK infrastructure, millions of critical workers are expected to receive priority Covid-19 testing.

With concerns about the availability of tests remaining, the UK government was forced to act quickly.

Train schedules are being revised due to absenteeism, while police, transport, education and health workers are also forced to isolate themselves.

The increase in capacity and priority tests is an attempt to prevent a total infrastructure shutdown in the UK.

First reported by the Daily telegraph, the plan will be signed by the ministers who have recently introduced collective codes for lateral flow tests to control supply.

In a televised Omicron update, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that no new measures will be introduced and that he intends to “break this Omicron wave”.

Instead, testing will increase as the government tries to limit unnecessary self-isolation.

Johnson announced that this will include 100,000 critical workers who can perform daily tests, with the program beginning Jan. 10.

Who is a Critical Worker?

A concrete definition is pending, but those included in the at the forefront of healthcare, transportation, freight forwarding, food production, waste disposal and emergency services will be included.

That means those who work in these industries have testing priority.

“We can keep our schools and businesses open and find a way to live with this virus,” said the prime minister.

Labor Party’s Wes Streeting urged Johnson “to go much further”.

The shadow health minister said, “The fact that we have Doctors, nurses “Students fighting for access to tests this week is entirely because the government is sleeping behind the wheel over Christmas.”

On January 4th, the UK hit a staggering 200,000+ Covid-19 cases in a single day. If Johnson is to “ride out” Omicron, this trend is likely to continue.

Up to 90 percent of people in intensive care with coronavirus haven’t received their booster vaccinations, Boris Johnson said, while over 60 percent had no vaccine at all.

In London, people are now more likely to get Covid than a cold, that’s how far Omicron has spread.


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