You DON’T have to take a Covid test if you’re ill from Friday

Health Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured yesterday by No10) has changed Covid rules

Health Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured yesterday by No10) has modified Covid guidelines

Workers with Covid signs will not want to take a test from Friday as England tries to get again to regular after the pandemic.

Anyone who feels unwell with signs reminiscent of a excessive temperature and a cough shall be suggested to keep at dwelling.

The steering, issued by Health Secretary Sajid Javid, is a part of the Government’s plan to deal with Covid like different respiratory sicknesses.

People with signs and those that have examined constructive are urged to put on a masks, keep away from shut contact with susceptible folks and swerve crowded areas if they have to go away dwelling. 

But hospitals and care dwelling sufferers and workers will nonetheless have the option to request free Covid checks, as will these vulnerable to severe sickness. Others should pay.

Most guests to care houses, hospitals and prisons will not have to take a test.

And free parking for NHS workers, launched in the course of the pandemic, is coming to an finish tomorrow.

Mr Javid stated: ‘Thanks to our plan to deal with Covid we’re main the best way in studying to stay with the virus.

Who will nonetheless get FREE Covid checks? 

Free lateral circulate checks shall be scrapped for everybody besides NHS staff, care dwelling workers and susceptible sufferers from Friday in England.

It will solely proceed in settings the place an infection can unfold quickly whereas prevalence is excessive. 


  • Patients in hospital, the place a PCR test is required for his or her care and to present entry to therapies and to assist ongoing scientific surveillance for brand spanking new variants;
  • People who’re eligible for group Covid therapies as a result of they’re at increased danger of getting critically ill;
  • People residing or working in some high-risk settings. For instance, workers in grownup social care companies reminiscent of homecare organisations and care houses.

‘We have made huge progress however will hold the power to reply to future threats together with potential variants.

‘Vaccines stay our greatest defence and we are actually providing spring boosters to the aged, care dwelling residents and probably the most susceptible.’

Although coronavirus infections have risen in current weeks, greater than 55 per cent of hospital sufferers who have examined constructive don’t have Covid as their main analysis.

The Test and Trace programme price taxpayers greater than £15.7billion in 2021-22.

The steering, which comes into impact on April 1, advises folks with signs of a respiratory an infection and a excessive temperature, or those that really feel unwell, to keep at dwelling and keep away from contact with others till they really feel higher and their temperature returns to regular.

Anyone with a constructive Covid test consequence shall be suggested to attempt to keep at dwelling and keep away from contact with others for 5 days when they’re most infectious.

Children and younger people who find themselves unwell and have a excessive temperature ought to keep at dwelling and keep away from contact with different folks the place potential.

They can return to college, school or childcare after they not have a excessive temperature and are nicely sufficient.

Free symptomatic testing shall be offered for sufferers in hospital, the place a PCR test is required for his or her care and to present entry to remedy, in addition to supporting scientific surveillance for brand spanking new variants.

Testing may also be obtainable for people who find themselves eligible for group Covid therapies as a result of they’re at increased danger of changing into critically ill.

This group shall be contacted straight and despatched lateral circulate checks to hold at dwelling if they have signs and informed how to reorder checks.

Those residing or working in high-risk settings together with care houses, hospices and prisons will obtain free checks.

And folks shall be examined earlier than being discharged from hospital into care houses, hospices, shelters and refuges.

‘Vaccines stay our greatest defence’

UK’s lateral circulate scarcity sees gross sales soar FIVE-FOLD in a week at High St pharmacists as Brits scramble to get free checks earlier than they’re scrapped on Friday… so how a lot WILL chains promote them for?

Britain’s scramble for the final remaining free provides of lateral circulate checks has seen gross sales of the speedy gadgets soar five-fold in a week at High Street pharmacies.

LloydsPharmacy is already promoting the Covid checks, regardless of free ones being obtainable on the Government’s web site till Friday.

But scores of Britons have complained about being unable to pay money for any kits by the official ordering channel over the previous fortnight.

Struggles accessing the gadgets — which shaped a main a part of the UK’s Covid-fighting technique — have allowed main retailers to money in. 

LloydsPharmacy informed MailOnline gross sales within the week ending March 28 had been 400 per cent up on the earlier seven-day spell. 

It additionally introduced it was slashing the worth of lateral flows, lowering the worth of a pack of 5 speedy swabs by 20p to £9.29 — or £1.86 every — making it the most cost effective on the market.

A single test bought by itself from the company will price folks £1.89, in contrast to £1.99 at rival Superdrug and £2 at Boots. 

Meanwhile Boots is promoting its five-packs for £9.80 and Superdrug is providing them for £9.79.

High road chains have been undercutting one another since February 23, simply days after Boris Johnson introduced mass public lateral flows could be deserted on April 1.  

Rapid checks shall be rationed to hospital and care dwelling sufferers and workers as a part of the ultimate stage of No10’s residing with Covid technique. 

Experts have repeatedly described the transfer to finish free testing for these not qualifying for them as ‘worrying’ amid rising circumstances.

Lateral flow tests will be rationed to the elderly and vulnerable people as part of the final stage of No10's living with Covid strategy ¿ leading to fears people have been stockpiling the remainder of the free swabs in the meantime. Users have been unable to order tests on the Government's site today

Lateral circulate checks shall be rationed to the aged and susceptible folks as a part of the ultimate stage of No10’s residing with Covid technique — main to fears folks have been stockpiling the rest of the free swabs within the meantime. Users have been unable to order checks on the Government’s website right this moment

High street pharmacists today continued their war of prices ahead of free lateral tests being scrapped from next week. Graphic shows: Different price options at Boots, Superdrug and LloydsPharmacy

High road pharmacists right this moment continued their battle of costs forward of free lateral checks being scrapped from subsequent week. Graphic reveals: Different value choices at Boots, Superdrug and LloydsPharmacy

LloydsPharmacy dropped its price for a pack of five rapid tests to £9.29 ¿ costing £1.86 each. At the end of February, they were priced at £9.49 for the pack

LloydsPharmacy dropped its value for a pack of 5 speedy checks to £9.29 — costing £1.86 every. At the tip of February, they had been priced at £9.49 for the pack

Ahead of the transfer, a LloydsPharmacy spokesperson informed MailOnline the company could be reducing its value for lateral flows barely on earlier plans.

They stated: ‘From April 1 according to the newest Government modifications, lateral circulate checks are not free throughout the UK. 

‘LloydsPharmacy will proceed to assist hold the general public secure and in the mean time we provide lateral circulate test kits in a number of portions to swimsuit buyer wants.

‘This contains single checks for simply £1.89 or up to a pack of 5 for simply £9.29 — £1.86 per test — obtainable in retailer and on-line now at  

‘You can discover additional details about our vary of checks on our web site, and up-to-date coronavirus data on the coronavirus web page on the Government web site.’  

Boots has been providing its checks for the reason that finish of final month and Superdrug can also be presently promoting its checks on-line. 

When the Omicron wave was collapsing in February, Boris Johnson introduced that free testing could be scrapped from April.

The announcement was extensively seen as a means to appease Tory backbenchers who on the time had been threatening to hand in letters of no confidence within the PM following the Partygate scandal.

But in current weeks the UK has seen a resurgence in Covid infections and hospital admissions, pushed by the much more infectious BA.2 variant, which has led many consultants to name at no cost checks to keep.

SAGE has beforehand warned ending the scheme, which price up to £2bn a month, would depart the nation at the hours of darkness to a contemporary wave and stated poor folks shall be hit hardest.  

Experts informed stated pushing by with the transfer may go away among the most susceptible folks in society in danger.

Professor Denis Kinane, an immunologist and founding scientist at Cignpost Diagnostics, stated: ‘I’m involved that the choice to finish free checks from April 1 may go away some susceptible teams in danger, notably the immuno-suppressed. 

‘This is worrying with the current spike in case numbers and hospital admissions.’

Covid circumstances have been on the rise for the reason that begin of the month, following all restrictions being eased on Freedom Day on February 24.

Hospital admissions have additionally been rising, leaping 16 per cent in a week to 2,380 on Tuesday, the newest date knowledge is accessible for.

It was the best every day complete for the reason that peak of the Omicron wave in January, with 2,386 recorded on January 10.

People attempting to get checks have reported struggling to entry them for weeks because the Government began rationing the kits forward of the closing date amid fears folks would stockpile them. 

Professor Kinane added: ‘Recent tales about shortages of lateral circulate checks reveals reveal that giant numbers of individuals nonetheless need to get examined to reassure themselves or shield their households.

‘Alongside this, the testing performed a important position in stopping transmission for these working in settings the place they’d come into contact with a massive variety of folks. 

‘Many sectors shall be questioning if this may stop extra folks from safely returning to their place of job as we start to stay with the virus.’  

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