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Covid-19 testing will continue for at-risk groups

Free testing for the general public ends on 1 April as part of the Living with Covid plan, which is the government’s strategy to live with and manage the virus.

From 1 April, updated guidance will advise people with symptoms of a respiratory infection – including Covid-19 – and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to get back to their normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

Anyone with a positive Covid-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.

If people wish to test themselves, lateral flow tests will be available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets, including online.

It is vital that everyone continues to follow the simple steps to keep themselves and others safe, such as regularly washing hands, getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces, and letting in plenty of fresh air.

Free tests for people who have Covid-19 symptoms will continue to be provided to certain groups or people at higher risk of serious illness.

Changes to testing


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