Covid-19 testing for officers and staff following assault

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Police Officers and staff who have been subject to a Covid-19 related assault will now be eligible to be tested for the virus even if they are asymptomatic.

Police officers and staff concerned about their health after being subjected to coronavirus-related assaults are now eligible for tests even if they are showing no symptoms.

The Scottish Government announced the change in policy today. Previously, testing in such circumstances was available only to NHS and care workers.

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Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said

Police officers and staff are playing a vital role in the work to protect the NHS and save lives, but assault is not simply part of that job. Therefore, it’s important that we do everything we can to protect our people and I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has agreed to our request that officers and staff can have access to tests in these circumstances.

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