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All the Covid-19 testing rule changes coming into force today for NHS staff, patients, and regular people

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The government has issued new rules for who will be able to get free Covid-19 tests from today, April 1, as free mass PCR and lateral flow testing is brought to an end.

The free testing will continue to be available to a number of groups - and will mostly require those people to have symptoms already, apart from a small list of scenarios where asymptomatic testing will be given.

In an announcement on Wednesday evening, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said that free symptomatic testing will now be limited to patients in hospital, people who are eligible for Covid-19 treatments because they are at a higher risk of getting severely ill from the virus, and individuals 'who live or work in high-risk closed settings'.

But in an NHS letter, published online, there is more information about who will qualify for free testing and when. It is also understood that more information will be shared by the government today (Friday) following a webinar hosted by the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, Dr Jenny Harries, to explain the reasons for changes to agency staff and public health officials. READ MORE:Government clarifies who will be eligible for free Covid testing from April 1 as mass PCRs and LFTs end Ahead of Health Secretary Sajid Javid's statement, published on March 29, Greater Manchester's health leaders have expressed serious concerns about the ending of free testing - especially for those unable to afford to buy kits during a spiralling cost of living crisis, in a region disproportionately hit by the virus over the course of the pandemic.

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