Daily UK government update: anyone over age of five with coronavirus symptoms can now get a test

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  • The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, says the country is in the process of moving from level four to level three in terms of lockdown measures – but that they are “watching the impact of every change we make very closely”.

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    The government has hired 21,000 contact tracers to help with the test, track and trace policy.

    Earlier today, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said that everyone in the UK aged five and over can now apply for a coronavirus test – if they have symptoms. Those now include a loss of taste or smell, alongside a fever and a new persistent cough.

    The UK Department of Health says 34,796 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, up by 160 from the day before.

    Mr Raab is joined by Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Jonathan Van-Tam.

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    Dominic Rennie Raab is a British politician serving as First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since July 2019.

    This role is otherwise known as Foreign Secretary.

    Raab served in the British Cabinet as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in 2018, until his resignation. That role was otherwise known as Brexit Secretary.

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