Covid breakthrough: No10 confirms when NHS lateral flow tests will be back in stock

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The UK Health Security Agency said this morning that “due to exceptionally high demand, ordering lateral flow tests on gov.uk has been temporarily suspended to fulfil existing orders”.

They added: “Everyone who needs a lateral flow test can collect test kits – either at their local pharmacy, some community sites and some schools and colleges.”

The website on Monday advised people to “try again later” or to book a coronavirus test site appointment instead.

It is understood the problem occurred not due to a shortage of physical tests, but a shortage of delivery slots to post them out.

No10 has confirmed that more postage slots will be available tomorrow, with the website once again taking orders.

NHS England is understood to be holding talks about how to ramp up the number of delivery slots going forward to ensure similar problems do not happen again.

Daily testing is a key part of Boris Johnson’s coronavirus Plan B to help slow the spread of the virus.

Anyone who is a close contact of a positive case will be allowed to do daily tests to avoid being required to undertake 10 days of isolation.

More to follow…

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