College Covid positives drop along with number of tests

Around 30,000 fewer lateral flow tests were taken in colleges and 16-19 schools in England last week, according to new figures

Kate Parker

Covid: College positive tests drop, but so does number of tests

The number of positive lateral flow Covid tests in colleges and 16-19 schools in England has dropped by 5 per cent this week – but the number of tests taken has gone down by around 30,000, Tes analysis of Department of Health and Social Care data reveals.

In the seven-day period beginning 29 April, 136,627 Covid lateral flow tests were conducted in these institutions – of these, 179 were positive. In the seven days prior, 166,469 tests were conducted, of which 188 were positive.

This week, the government confirmed that from 17 May, restrictions would be further lifted in England, signalling significant changes around face coverings. Students and staff in colleges will no longer need to wear face coverings in classrooms, but staff should continue to do so in communal areas, such as the staffroom, where social distancing may not be possible. Regular lateral flow testing is expected to continue. 


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Covid tests in colleges and 16-19 schools in England

Seven days from 29 April to 5 May 

Overall registered tests conducted in secondary schools and colleges: 1,966,359

Registered tests conducted in colleges and 16-19 schools: 136,627

Overall positive tests in secondary schools and colleges: 1,975

Overall positives in colleges and 16-19 schools: 179

Overall negatives in secondary schools and colleges: 1,962,306

Overall negatives in colleges and 16-19 schools: 136,293

Overall unknown/void tests in secondary schools and colleges: 2,078

Overall unknown/void tests in colleges and 16-19 schools: 155

Seven days from 22 April to 28 April 

Overall registered tests conducted in secondary schools and colleges: 2,269,898

Registered tests conducted in colleges and 16-19 schools: 166,469

Overall positive tests in secondary schools and colleges: 1,956

Overall positives in colleges and 16-19 schools: 188

Overall negatives in secondary schools and colleges: 2,265,539

Overall negatives in colleges and 16-19 schools: 166,082

Overall unknown/void tests in secondary schools and colleges: 2,403

Overall unknown/void tests in colleges and 16-19 schools: 199

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a FE reporter.

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