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People could be asked to check their temperature before going to work

PUBLISHED: 11:29 02 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:30 02 May 2020

Commuters could be asked to check their temperature at home before travelling under plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown being considered by the Government. This image shows a city worker in Chile measuring someone's temperature before they're allowed into a shopping mall. Picture: AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Commuters could be asked to check their temperature at home before travelling under plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown being considered by the Government. This image shows a city worker in Chile measuring someone's temperature before they're allowed into a shopping mall. Picture: AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Commuters could be asked to check their temperature at home before travelling under plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown being considered by the Government.

Commuters could be asked to check their temperature at home before travelling under plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown being considered by the Government.
. Photo: Dominic GilbertCommuters could be asked to check their temperature at home before travelling under plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown being considered by the Government. . Photo: Dominic Gilbert

The Prime Minister will next week set out a “road map” detailing how people might get to work and how children can go back to school or into childcare.

Boris Johnson has said he wants to “get our economy moving” but there are concerns that the return to work could see the virus spread on public transport.

The Times reported that commuters could be asked to take their temperature before travelling, and those with an elevated reading - a symptom of Covid-19 - would be expected to stay at home.

A senior Government source confirmed the plans are being looked at but stressed they are a “long way” from being policy.

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It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said his target for 100,000 Covid-19 tests per day had been met, which he hailed as an “incredible achievement”.

The number of people who have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Thursday rose to 27,510.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street press briefing, Mr Hancock said 122,347 tests were performed in the 24 hours up to 9am on Friday, adding that testing would help “unlock” the UK’s lockdown.

But questions have been raised over how the tests have been counted, with changes in the last few days meaning newer home test kits have been counted as they are dispatched.

The overall total also includes tests dispatched to “satellite testing locations” - such as hospitals that have a particularly urgent need - but does not detail whether the tests have actually been used.

When he set the target, Mr Hancock said the UK “will carry out” 100,000 tests every day by the end of April.


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