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Reports tests to be sent to hundreds of thousands to lift lockdown : Royal Mail is reportedly ready to deliver 400,000 lateral flow tests a day

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Reports tests to be sent to hundreds of thousands to lift lockdown : Royal Mail is reportedly ready to deliver 400,000 lateral flow tests a day

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People across the country could be asked to take a Covid test as part of a new plan to get the country out of lockdown, according to reports.

The scheme would see tests sent to hundreds of thousands of homes across the country, and has provisionally been called 'Are you ready? Get testing. Go'.

Royal Mail is reportedly ready to deliver 400,000 lateral flow tests every day - with people asked to test themselves whether they have symptoms or not.

The Prime Minister will lay out the ambitious surge testing plan on Monday as part of his road map for easing lockdown, reports the Times.

The rapid testing kits deliver results in half an hour but are less precise than PCR alternatives, with the medicines regulator previously expressing concern at trusting untrained people to use them effectively.

It is understood ministers want schools re-opened from March 8 with the new testing programme to be launched prior to this date.

Pupils and teachers, as well as their support bubbles will likely be offered two tests a week.

Non-essential shops, universities and further education are expected to be open by late April, followed by pubs, restaurants and gyms in early May, dependent on the vaccine roll-out and infection figures.

Businesses will be incorporated into the rapid testing plan between April and May, by which time it is estimated the government will be supplying 75 million tests a week.

A minister told the Times: "The vaccination programme is going better than we could have hoped, but testing is the key to getting the economy going again."

Lateral flow tests are already available to companies with over 50 staff members and open during lockdown, while Transport for London has launched four asymptomatic test sites.

While primary school and nursery workers looking after key worker kids have been taking tests twice a week since last month.

Department of Health and Social Care evaluations have found the government's £22 billion Test and Trace scheme is unlikely to reduce the R rate by more than 0.1.
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