Free COVID-19 tests for those unable to work at home


COVID-19 test kit

People who are unable to work from home will be able to pick up free lateral flow self-test kits from COVID-19 test sites from Friday (16 April), the Welsh Government has announced.


People will be able to collect the rapid lateral flow tests between 08:00 and 13:00 and will not need to make an appointment before collection, says the Welsh Government.


The Welsh Government said it is also looking at other collection venues for test kits to be made available, as well as considering directly delivery kits to people’s homes.


The Welsh Government said that it hopes that improving the availability of lateral flow tests will make regular asymptomatic testing for coronavirus more convenient and accessible for people not covered under existing schemes at workplaces, childcare settings, schools, colleges, and universities.


As many as 1 in 3 people may have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms which means asymptomatic testing is vital to the country's efforts to ease restrictions safely.


Each person will routinely be able to collect two packs of seven Lateral Flow Device self-test kits for home use.


It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week with the results recorded on the UK Government portal.


Health Minister Vaughan Gething said:

"It is important that testing is made as convenient and accessible as possible. We are especially keen for self-test kits to be used by people who cannot work from home so they can undertake regular testing. This will help to keep them and their families safe."

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