Coronavirus: Test website closes after 'significant demand'

The online application system for essential workers to book coronavirus tests has temporarily closed - hours after being opened by the government.

By Kev Rogers
Friday, 24th April 2020, 5:45 pm

The new government website is expected to reopen tomorrow following a large number of applications.

Within hours of the new website going live this morning, those looking to book a coronavirus test online were met with the message to "check back later", after being told: "You can't currently register for a COVID-19 test."

Earlier, the website displayed a message that Friday's allocation of home-testing kits had already been reached.

Coronavirus website temporarily closes

The Government had rolled out testing to all essential workers and any members of their households who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 from today Friday, April 24.

Employers can now register and refer staff who are self-isolating, while employees are able to book a test directly for themselves or anyone in their household who has a high temperature or a new continuous cough.