16 April 2021

COVID-19 self-test kits rolled out across Wales

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The Welsh government is encouraging all those who cannot work from home to access lateral flow self-test kits as they are rolled out across Wales.

The rapid coronavirus testing kits will be available to collect from local test sites across Wales from today.

It is hoped 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 one in three people may have COVID without displaying symptoms which means asymptomatic testing is an important means to keep people safe as restrictions are gradually eased.

Health minister Vaughan Gething commented: ‘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.

‘We know that up to one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms at all and can therefore spread it unknowingly. As we continue to ease restrictions, the routine testing of asymptomatic people will be imperative in our battle against the virus.’

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