All adults in England will have access to two Covid tests a week (Picture: Getty/ AFP)
Everyone in England will be able to access a free and rapid coronavirus test twice a week from April 9, the Government has announced.
The lateral flow tests, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available to anyone, regardless of whether they are showing Covid-19 symptoms.
Boris Johnson is expected to urge the public to make use of the testing during a press conference this evening, as the country prepares to unlock further lockdown restrictions on April 12.
The date will non-essential shops reopen and pubs, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to serve customers outdoors.
People will be able to obtain the rapid Covid tests through a home ordering service, workplace or school testing programme, or by collecting one at a local test site, the Government has said.
A new ‘pharmacy collect’ service is also being launched, which will provide an additional route to regular testing.
People will be able to obtain the rapid Covid tests through a home ordering service, their workplace or school (Picture: Reuters)
Those who want a test do not have to be showing signs of symptoms (Picture: Getty Images)
Those aged over 18 without symptoms will be able to visit a participating local pharmacy and collect a box of seven rapid tests to use twice a week at home.
Johnson said the rollout will help stop Covid-19 outbreaks ‘in their tracks’. He continued: ‘As we continue to make good progress on our vaccine programme and with our road map to cautiously easing restrictions under way, regular rapid testing is even more important to make sure those efforts are not wasted.’
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Source:: Metro News