According to Reuters, all UK families with school-aged children will be given two quick COVID-19 test kits each week to ensure school safety when it reopens.
The UK Department of Health says that households can obtain rapid COVID-19 test kits distributed in more than 500 locations nationwide from March 1 or through testing services at work, in local community location.
Middle and high school students and college and university students will also be tested twice a week. They will be tested the first time at school, followed by the test at home. Primary school students with no symptoms do not need to be tested at school, but parents are encouraged to test their children at home.
“The proportion of people with COVID-19 having no symptoms is one third. Therefore, the regular testing and identification of the subjects will mean keeping the school clean of COVID-19 ”, Health Minister Matt Hancock explained.
The National Bureau of Statistics said on February 26 that the incidence of COVID-19 in the UK was decreasing. About 1 in 145 people are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out a roadmap to loosen the blockade in stages. The first phase should prioritize the reopening of schools on March 8, he stressed. Also in this section, people are not obligated to stay in the house completely as it is today. Some outdoor sports activities such as soccer or golf will be allowed. People can meet groups of up to 6 outdoors, or two households can meet outdoors.