The staff and residents of care homes in England can now be tested for coronavirus, even if they don’t have any symptoms, while anyone over 65 with symptoms can also be tested.But in Wales, the approach is different for the moment. Testing lets people confirm if they have the disease and provides information about the virus’ spread.Health Minister Vaughan Gething said on Tuesday he had been given advice that testing everyone in the care sector – there are around 25,000 care home residents – was not the best use of resources.So, what is the position on testing in Wales?The Welsh Government is committed to testing key workers with symptoms, including care home staff and also care home residents, but not to test anyone else over 65 if they have symptoms.The health minister says he has clear advice from medical and scientific advisers that this is a best use of testing resources and to not simply test “everyone and anyone”.Why not offer it to more people like in England?The inference is that you will have to keep on testing people, perhaps multiple times, and at the moment Wales does not have the capacity.But the Welsh Government aims in the future, as… Read full this story
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