Take free Covid-19 lateral flow test before attending Christmas parties – Javid

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He health secretary Britain has urged people to take lateral flow tests for coronavirus before attending Christmas parties amid rising cases.

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speaking in Downing Street press briefing on Wednesday, Sajid Javido Employees going to festive office parties and those visiting vulnerable people are advised to take free tests “as a precaution”.

Anyone over the age of 11 can access a free lateral flow test kit, designed for people without coronavirus symptoms, who have not been asked to self-isolate.


Up to two kits, each containing seven tests, can be collected from some pharmacies, community centers and libraries, or ordered for home delivery. Government Website.

Asked what precautions people should take as offices plan Christmas parties and people continue to enjoy mass gatherings, Mr Javid told the conference: “Take advantage of that proposal of a free lateral flow test.

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“Because where we’ve seen people are, if they’re going to a party that probably has relatives who are elderly or grandparents, someone who is immunocompromised, it’s really important that you do a lateral flow test. Take it

“They are not because you have symptoms, but to take as a precaution.

“It makes that party or what you’re doing — you can still go on with it — but it also makes it a lot safer.

“We’ve all got a part to play if we want to maintain the progress we’ve made.”

Mr Javid advised people to test rapidly “as part of your weekly routine”, adding that a quarter of the recent positive cases have come from lateral flow tests taken by asymptomatic people as a precaution .


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