Lateral flow testing: Scots urged to ‘refresh’ webpage if LFTs are not available

Scots are urged to refresh their webpage if they are unable to order coronavirus lateral flow tests (LFT) from the UK government website.

Scottish government ministers and health experts have asked people to be tested before leaving home in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

Cases of the Omicron variant have increased over the holiday season, with Scotland recording its biggest daily increase since the pandemic began in March 2020.

LFTs have been rare over Christmas and New Years and many find it difficult to get packages delivered, but UK Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said people who struggle to get flow tests lateral “should just refresh” their web page.

At the end of December, the UK government website ran out of LFT

With schools across Scotland returning this week, Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged high school students to take a lateral flow test either the day before class resumes or in the morning of their return.

With young people between the ages of 12 and 15 now eligible for their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine, students in this age group are also encouraged to come forward for their vaccine.

Zahawi told Sky News: “One of the things we have done is increase the supply of lateral flow testing.

“It was a hundred million a month, now it’s three hundred million a month and deliveries, so we’ve tripled deliveries from about 300,000 a day to 900,000 a day.

“The supply will absolutely be there if people feel like they can’t get to the site, they should just refresh their webpage and it pretty much comes with this extra supply coming in.”

Somerville said Scottish pupils should take covid tests twice a week to prevent the spread of Omicron in schools.

She added: “It is our top priority to keep schools safe and open and to minimize further disruption to learning.

“To achieve this, we need the help of the entire school community.

She said taking lateral flow tests before returning to school, and then continuing to test twice a week, could help prevent outbreaks of Covid.

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