New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week

On 9 April 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care published a press release, explaining that everyone in England will be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without any symptoms, so getting tested regularly is one of the simplest and easiest ways we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”

Within the press release, it is also mentioned that the ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ campaign reminds the public of the need to use the NHS COVID-19 app to check in to premises, including outdoor hospitality, hairdressers and gyms. Improvements to the venue check-in journey mean all members of a party will either have to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app or leave manual contact details.

The NHS website explains how you can collect up to 2 packs of 7 lateral flow tests from a local pharmacy or test site, which can be accessed here.

The full press release can be accessed here.