Detailed guide: Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff

first_img regular handwashing social distancing wearing a face covering where recommended Pupils, students and staff should also tell their school or college if they test positive.Report your test result online or by calling 119.If your lateral flow test result is positiveYou must self-isolate immediately. You could be fined if you do not do this.If anyone tests positive or gets coronavirus symptoms, they should: Children of primary school age or younger will not be asked to test.Find out about childcare bubbles and support bubbles.Learn what rapid lateral flow testing is and why it’s being used.Staff of primary or secondary schools, nurseries and collegesTeaching and non-teaching staff working in schools, nurseries and colleges should take twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by their school, nursery or college. This includes permanent, temporary and voluntary staff.Staff should contact their school, nursery or college for further details.Secondary school pupils and college studentsPupils and students should take twice-weekly tests using a home test kit provided by their school or college. They should report all results to NHS Test and Trace as soon as the test is completed, either online or by calling 119.Members of households, childcare or support bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools, nurseries and collegesIf you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of an early years child, a pupil, student or staff of a school, nursery or college, you can get a twice-weekly test: a new continuous cough a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) What twice-weekly testing involvesYou will be asked to: Get a test through your employerYour workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test siteYou can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.You may need to book an appointment.Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.Collect test kitsYou can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point or pharmacy. Each pack contains 7 tests.Anyone 18 or over can collect.Most collection points are open from 2.30pm to 8pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.Find your local pharmacy and what their opening hours are.Find your nearest home test kit collection point.Order home test kits onlineYou can order 1 pack of home test kits containing 7 tests for home delivery. Your tests should arrive within 2 days. PCR testIf you do not take a PCR test within 2 days of testing positive, you and your contacts may need to isolate for the full 10 days whatever the follow-up result.If you take the PCR test within 2 days of the lateral flow test and receive a negative result, you and your household can stop self-isolating. However, you and your household must continue to self-isolate if: self-isolate immediately get a PCR test to confirm the result follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection this PCR test result is positive you choose not to take a follow-up PCR test you receive a negative PCR test result but the test was taken more than 2 days after the lateral flow test through your employer if they offer testing to employees at a local test site or pharmacy by collecting a home test kit from a test site by ordering a home test kit online This page has been replaced by a newer version on NHS.UK: Regular rapid coronavirus tests if you do not have symptoms,The following people in England have access regular rapid lateral flow testing: take a test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days apart) report every result to NHS Test and Trace on the same day you take the test If you have coronavirus symptomsThe most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following: school bus or coach drivers, and other public transport bus drivers Special Educational Needs (SEND) school transport drivers or assistants childminders wraparound childcare staff childcare staff in an open residential homes childcare providers foster carers Financial support if you test positiveYou may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to self-isolate.If your lateral flow test is negativeA negative result means the test did not find signs of coronavirus. But this does not guarantee you do not have coronavirus, so you should keep following all coronavirus advice including: International arrivalsYou can also use this service if you’re an international arrival who’s been told to get a test because you’re exempt from quarantine.Related occupationsYour work qualifies as an occupation related to a school, college, nursery or early-years childcare provider if it puts you in close contact or helps support the return of children and staff to school.You also qualify if you work for an organisation (like an agency) that puts you into close contact with returning school staff and students, for example: Order rapid lateral flow home test kits secondary school pupils and college students staff of primary and secondary schools, nurseries and colleges households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children, primary and secondary-age pupils and college students households, childcare and support bubbles of staff of nursery-age children, primary and secondary-school age children, and college students anyone who works in a related occupation If you have symptoms of COVID-19, arrange to have a PCR test if you have not already had one. Stay at home while you are waiting for a home self-sampling kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms.Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.last_img read more

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Asset management roundup: ESG dominates launch and merger activity

first_imgPhilippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova, said: “We strongly believe that natural capital is the next frontier of impact investment and both specialist skills and a critical size are required to successfully address this nascent but promising market.”Flurry of sustainable fund launchesThis week has seen a number of asset managers launching products with a sustainable or responsible investment tilt.Fidelity International launched a global equity fund targeting companies with the highest ratings for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. The Fidelity FIRST ESG All Country World fund also screens out companies involved in the manufacture or distribution of alcohol, weapons, firearms, tobacco, gambling, and adult entertainment. Steve Edgley, head of institutional for continental Europe at Fidelity, said: “As the regulatory environment continues to evolve and investors look to invest responsibly, many of our clients are looking for innovative and robust approaches to enable them to implement ESG portfolios while continuing to achieve their risk adjusted return objectives. We have designed the Fidelity FIRST ESG approach specifically to allow clients to achieve these two goals.”Meanwhile, Candriam Investors Group launched a range of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) combining ESG screening and smart beta factors. The five ETFs – launched under Candriam’s indexIQ brand – cover European, euro-zone, and Japanese equity indices, and euro-denominated sovereign and corporate bond indices. They are listed on the Paris Euronext Stock Exchange and the Amsterdam exchange, and are registered in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France.Specialist emerging markets manager East Capital has launched a Sustainable Emerging Markets fund, coinciding with the company’s 20-year anniversary. The fund is managed by CIO Peter Elam Håkansson and has been seeded with investments from Nordic institutional investors.East Capital said the fund would target “companies characterised by high growth potential and strong ESG profiles, with a clear overweight in themes relating to domestic growth and the emerging consumer”. It will specifically look for opportunities in renewable and clean technologies, and will invest in frontier markets and Chinese A-Shares.River & Mercantile takes on EM teamCredit Suisse Asset Management’s emerging markets team is to transfer to UK fund and fiduciary manager River & Mercantile Group.The Swiss firm’s emerging markets “industrial life cycle team”, led by Al Bryant and Todd Leigh, transferred this week. The team manages $360m (€315.6m) in equity strategies.Filippo Rima, head of equities at Credit Suisse Asset Management, said the move was “an integral part of our focus and specialisation strategy”. James Barham, head of asset management at River & Mercantile, said it was “a significant step forward in the continued development of the group’s equity franchise”, as it will bring in Luxembourg-based strategies and products for US clients.As of this week, the funds have transferred to River & Mercantile initially under an investment advisory agreement. Subject to regulatory approval, the Luxembourg funds will transfer fully to River & Mercantile and be rebranded. Mirova, the responsible investment affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a majority equity interest in London-based impact investment manager Athelia Ecosphere.The targeted acquisition is intended to create a European platform offering investment opportunities addressing major global environmental challenges such as climate change, protection of landscapes, biodiversity, and soil and marine resources.Created in 2012, Athelia is involved in financing sustainable land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem-based climate activities, with an emphasis on “blended value” investments. It has raised and partly deployed a fund aiming to invest in carbon emission reduction projects in the forestry sector that generate carbon credits in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with commitments secured from “prominent private and public sector institutions”.Mirova has ambitions to become a leading sustainable alternative asset manager and said the acquisition of Athelia would be a major step forward in this regard. Since 2015 it has been working alongside the UN Convention to Combat Desertification to launch a Land Degradation Neutrality fund, a public-private vehicle that intends to invest in profit-generating sustainable land management and restoration projects worldwide.last_img read more

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