UK government’s Covid-19 testing website closes hours after opening due to ‘significant demand’

The new website enabling millions of key workers in England to access virus tests closed within hours after it experienced what the government said was ‘significant demand’. (Subscribe:

All 5,000 home testing kits were ordered within two minutes of the site going live. The Scottish and Welsh governments are expected to set up similar systems which allow workers to book home and drive-through tests if they or a family member are showing symptoms.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

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