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Covid tests will remain free for certain people, it has been confirmed.
Universal testing is set to come to an end on Friday (1 April), meaning people will have to pay if they want to get a lateral flow test.
It comes as part of the UK government's 'Living with Covid' plan, with the virus being treated like other respiratory infections.
However, according to the new plans, which were set out today (29 March), free symptomatic testing will be provided for:
Under the proposals, asymptomatic lateral flow tests will also continue next month for certain settings where the possibility of coronavirus spreading quickly is high.
For example, patient-facing staff in the NHS, staff in hospices and adult social care services, such as homecare organisations and care homes.
They will also be available for a small number of care home visitors who provide personal care, staff in some prisons and places of detention and in high risk domestic abuse refuges and homelessness settings.
In addition, testing will also be provided for residential SEND, care home staff and residents during an outbreak and for care home residents upon admission.
The guidance also advises those symptoms of Covid - including children - or other respiratory infections should "try" to stay home and "avoid contact with other people" until they feel better and have no high temperature.
Those who rest positive for Covid should stay at home for five days and avoid contact with others.
Speaking about the changes, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid said: "Thanks to our plan to tackle Covid we are leading the way in learning to live with the virus. We have made enormous progress but will keep the ability to respond to future threats including potential variants.
"Vaccines remain our best defence and we are now offering spring boosters to the elderly, care home residents and the most vulnerable – please come forward to protect yourself, your family, and your community."
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