The new website for key workers to book coronavirus tests has temporarily closed – hours after being opened by the government.
The Department of Health said it was working to “rapidly increase” availability, with more tests due to become available from Saturday
Downing Street said 5,000 home testing kits were ordered in the first two minutes of the website going live.
About 15,000 tests were booked to take place on Friday at drive-through sites.
No. 10 said the total amount of home testing kits available on Friday were ordered, adding it hoped to have 18,000 kits available each day for key workers by the “end of next week”.
The website would be back up and running when the next batch of slots become available, the spokesman added.
The expanded testing scheme announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock allows all essential workers in England to register for tests on the government’s website, if they or a family member have virus symptoms.
Up to 10 million key workers and their households are now eligible for testing, with the aim of allowing essential staff to safely return to work.
Many of our employees are in possession of key worker documentation and as such are eligible for testing if required. This eligibility extends to all members of the key workers household. If you believe anyone in your household is displaying symptoms. We encourage you to take them to be tested as soon as possible.
You can register for a test here as soon as the scheme re-opens
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