People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to make twice-weekly coronavirus testing part of their normal routines.

Staffordshire was part of a pilot scheme allowing people without symptoms to test regularly.

The Government has now announced the scheme will be rolled out nationwide.

From Friday (9th April) lateral flow kits – which can provide results in around 30 minutes – will be available for free for all residents at testing sites, pharmacies and through the post.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care said:

“The Prime Minister has confirmed the next step of the roadmap will take place from Monday, which is welcome news.

“This means many businesses and leisure facilities will be able to reopen which we are all looking forward to.

“With these new relaxed regulations and additional activities permitted it is even more important for us all to get tested regularly even if you have no symptoms.

“We are urging everybody to get tested twice a week and make it part of a regular weekly routine – this way we can identify cases quickly and isolate them as soon as possible, preventing larger outbreaks and a spike in Covid cases which could derail our path along the roadmap and out of the pandemic.

“Don’t give up on our good work now – continue to follow hands, face, space, fresh air, and make sure to take up the option to get tested twice a week which best suits you.”

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council

Those preferring a supervised test can still book at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/testing

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