Availability of COVID-19 lateral flow testing extended into August

27th July 2022

Minister Robin Swann has announced, as a precautionary measure, to extend the current availability of Lateral Flow testing into August in line with current policy, including for those in the general population with symptoms of COVID-19. The position will continue to be kept under review with further announcements in August as necessary.

 In April 2022, Minister Swann announced significant changes to COVID-19 testing with the removal of asymptomatic testing for the general population. Indicative timescales outlined in the Department of Health’s Test, Trace and Protect Transition Plan also prepared for the removal of symptomatic testing for the general population.

Taking account of ongoing surveillance data, Minister Robin Swann has today announced an extension to the current availability of lateral flow testing into August, including for those with symptoms of COVID-19. The move follows an earlier decision to extend availability until the end of July. The position will continue to be kept under review with further announcements in August as necessary.

Please see link below to the press release and a summary of existing testing arrangements that have been extended.

Availability of Covid-19 lateral flow testing extended into August | Department of Health (health-ni.gov.uk)

 

Under arrangements announced today the following areas of Lateral Flow testing are extended:

  • Those with COVID-19 symptoms in the general population.
  • Those with COVID-19 symptoms and eligible for COVID-19 treatments.
  • Those without symptoms working or visiting others in high risk or vulnerable settings, such as care homes and hospital environments.
  • Those who are asked to test by a healthcare professional.
  • Those providing close personal care to someone at higher risk should they contract COVID-19.
  • Health & Social Care Workers continue to be tested in line with current guidance.
  • Testing for clinical and in-patient care in line with current guidance.

Further details can be found on https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-and-isolation-advice

 

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