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The new government advice on when to take rapid Covid-19 test in run up to Christmas

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The government has issued new advice around taking rapid coronavirus tests in the lead up to Christmas. Lateral flow tests, which can be taken at home and indicate whether someone is likely to be infectious with coronavirus in less than 30 minutes, are available on the NHS for free.

Previously the public was advised to use lateral flow tests twice a week, regardless of whether they had any symptoms of Covid-19. READ MORE: The countries in Europe that have re-imposed lockdown restrictions amid rising infection rates Government health advice on when to take a test has now changed.

People are now being urged to take a test ahead of mixing with others in “crowded indoor spaces” and before seeing anyone who is more vulnerable to the disease.

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