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Tests to be offered twice-weekly to all in England

Baku, April 5, AZERTAC

Everyone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday, under an extension of the government's testing programme, according to BBC.

The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available for free at testing sites, pharmacies and through the post.

The health secretary said it would help squash any outbreaks as lockdown eases.

The rapid tests are aimed at those without any Covid symptoms and can be taken at home.

The government introduced lateral flow testing for secondary school children and staff earlier this year, under plans to reopen classes in England by March.

In February, the scheme was extended to the families of all school and college-age children in England.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Around one in three people who have Covid-19 show no symptoms, and as we reopen society and resume parts of life we have missed, regular rapid testing is going to be fundamental in helping us quickly spot positive cases and squash any outbreaks."

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