The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has promised that everyone in England will be able to get a free Covid-19 test twice a week as he prepares to lift more restrictions. Options include delivery of test kits from the door.
The lateral flow tests that can give results of approx. 30 minutes, will be available at test sites and pharmacies and can also be ordered online.
Johnson said the program will help “Stop eruptions in their tracks,” contributes to the ongoing vaccination campaign and a path to start “Careful” relaxing restrictions.
“Regular riding tests are even more important to ensure that effort is not wasted,” said the Prime Minister.
The British Minister of Health, Edward Argar, told ‘BBC Breakfast’ that riding tests, which will be available from Friday, could be used by people returning to their workplaces. He added that the use of such tests in colleges has proven that the government can meet the demand.
Argar said people should quarantine themselves for 10 days when testing positive for Covid-19 – although they later take a more accurate PCR test that is negative.
“I have great confidence in my fellow citizens to continue to do the right thing until it is safe to begin easing the other constraints,” he said.
Meanwhile, Labor Party Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth stressed this test “Must be backed by decent financial support,” because people are often forced to choose between quarantining and feeding their families.
British media have reported that Johnson is expected to confirm that all retail and services, such as hairdressing salons, may reopen on 12 ril in the UK. He is also expected to announce that a traffic light system will be used to classify foreign countries in terms of infection and vaccination rates when UK nationals are allowed to travel abroad. The cabinet ministers will meet later on Monday.
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