HMCTS announces Southwark Crown Court is to pilot rapid testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

HMCTS announces Southwark Crown Court is to pilot rapid testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced that Southwark Crown Court will be the next place to pilot rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing of court users. The pilot will run for the next four weeks and all jurors, judiciary, legal professionals, staff, contactors and professional court users will be offered the lateral flow test, regardless of whether they have experienced any coronavirus symptoms.

Speaking about the announcement, the interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, Baroness Dido Harding, said: ‘Around one in three people with COVID-19 don’t display symptoms, meaning you can infect others unknowingly. This rapid testing programme with HM Courts & Tribunals Service is one of many that will inform our understanding of how rapid asymptomatic testing can be operationalised in the real world to protect those at high risk, find the virus and help us go back to as normal a way of life as possible.’

Source: Second rapid testing pilot starts at Southwark Crown Court

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