Rapid regular CCP virus testing for people without symptoms will be made available across England starting this week, the UK government said on Sunday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that targeted asymptomatic testing and subsequent isolation is “highly effective in breaking chains of transmission.”
The community testing will use lateral flow devices, which can produce a result in less than 30 minutes without the need for laboratory testing.
Hancock said that lateral flow tests, which have been used to identify over 14,800 COVID-19 cases, have been "hugely successful in finding positive cases quickly."
He encouraged employers to work with local authorities to scale up testing among their workers, as “every positive case found is helping to stop the spread.”
UK Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng encouraged more employers to take up the testing offer, saying that the expansion of asymptomatic testing for those unable to work from home will enable the UK to keep its economy "on the move while giving individuals in key sectors complete confidence that their workplace is safe."
The editorial said that the mass testing programme shouldn't continue or be used as a basis of whether people should self-isolate until it has been externally and independently scrutinised.