Hancock says free coronavirus tests will help 'reclaim lost freedoms'

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has welcomed the news that everyone in England will be offered free coronavirus tests twice a week.

The lateral flow tests, which can give results in about 30 minutes, will be available starting Friday whether or not people have symptoms.

The new program comes as Boris Johnson will meet senior ministers today to take the next leg of the roadmap off the shelf.

The Prime Minister is due to make an announcement from Downing Street this afternoon.

Mr Hancock tweeted, “Starting April 9, anyone can take a free rapid coronavirus test twice a week. Regaining our lost freedoms and returning to normal hinges depend on us all being tested on a regular basis. “

Mr Johnson says the program would help stop new outbreaks and allow authorities to identify and control new variants of the disease.

“As we continue to make good progress on our vaccination program and our roadmap is carefully easing restrictions, regular rapid tests are even more important to ensure that this effort is not wasted,” he said.

“That’s why we’re now running free, rapid tests for everyone across England. This helps us stop outbreaks on their trail so we can see the people we love and do the things we enjoy again. “


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