Boris Johnson Launches Mass COVID-19 Testing Program

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  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that everyone in England will be able to get tested for COVID-19 in a new massive testing program
  • Johnson said the new testing program would break the chain of transmissions and detect asymptomatic cases
  • In the new program, residents will be able to take a COVID-19 test twice a week. The tests would be sent to homes or workplaces or picked up from pharmacies or test centers
  • This is the part of the country's staggered plan to lift restrictions in the coming months, as much of Europe enters new lockdowns to tackle the surge
  • Johnson is expected to confirm that all retail, outdoor hospitality, and hairdressers can reopen on April 12 in England