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LFT supplies need increasing 'significantly'

EAG says clear guidance on using them is also 'vital'

The Island's Emergency Advisory Group says the supply of lateral flow devices needs to be increased 'significantly'.

In its report on testing dated 29 July, the EAG says given the current level of community cases of Covid-19, using PCR tests in all cases is no longer practical or achievable.

The panel has provided advice to the Council of Ministers on several areas when it comes to testing going forward.

Among this, the EAG says clear and easy guidance for how to use LFT's is 'vital'.

The group is also advising CoMin provides a breakdown for the public of LFT tests and PCR tests for positive cases.

It's also pointed out the concerns raised by businesses, particularly smaller ones, over the impact of isolation requirements.

EAG is recommending better instructions for small and medium enterprises over when staff can and can't work and how they can use lateral flow kits to protect staff and customers.

Meanwhile, the group also wants CoMin to have a 'robust plan' in place for the return of children to schools in September.

It believes that plan should include LFT's to give confidence to students, parents, carers and teachers over controlling the spread of the virus in education settings.

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