Dec 18, 2020

Covid tests offered to John Lewis and Waitrose staff

"We expect employers to ensure that staff understand how testing will work, what the results mean and to support those who are ill, self-isolating or shielding on full pay," said a spokesman for the Union of Shop Distributive & Allied Workers. The NHS Test and Trace lateral flow Covid tests are conducted at a dedicated testing site by trained staff with results available within 30 minutes. Dido Harding, the interim executive chair of the National Institute for Health Protection and head of the NHS test and trace programme, said: "This pilot is one of many which will lay the foundations for the next phase of NHS test and trace with rapid, targeted testing which will allow us to identify even more people who may be unknowingly carrying the virus, more quickly." "Providing regular testing for our employees allows us to identify asymptomatic cases who might not otherwise be tested," said Antoine Dreyfus, former director of Amazon devices in the EU, who is now leading Amazon's UK testing project. "We have recently published a list of approved private providers of Covid-19 testing, to help employers access the services they need to carry out testing and identify the virus among their staff," said Health Minister Lord Bethell.

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