BORIS Johnson has urged Brits to get and use their free NHS Covid tests “even if you don’t feel ill.”
The Prime Minister said today that people need to make the most of the free twice-weekly testing – in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.
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From April 9, everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus tests.
Rapid testing will help enable the country’s successful ease out of lockdown.
Boris Johnson told the nation today that one in three people with Covid don’t experience any symptoms – meaning that people can unknowingly spread the virus on.
The Prime Minister told the Downing Street press briefing: “We think that these changes are fully justified by the data, which shows that we are meeting our four tests for easing the lockdown.
“But – and you know I’m going to say this – we can’t be complacent.
“We can see the waves of sickness afflicting other countries and we’ve seen how this story goes.
“We still don’t know how strong the vaccine shield will be when cases begin to rise, as I’m afraid they will, and that’s why we’re saying please get your vaccine or your second dose when the turn comes.
“And please use the free NHS tests even if you don’t feel ill.”
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Meanwhile, Brits have to stick to social distancing guidelines and must abide by the Rule of Six after April 12, the PM confirmed today.
Boris Johnson laid out the Covid rules still in place in the next step of lockdown easing – including a ban on indoor socialising.
Despite salons and hairdressers opening on Monday, Boris Johnson said there would be no changes to the current rules on social contact.
Brits must continue to keep their distance and stay away from people outside of their household or bubble, the PM urged.
Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to the Rule of Six or two households – which was a new freedom unlocked on March 29.
And even after April 12, Brits aren’t allowed to socialise indoors with anyone from a different household or with someone you haven’t formed a support bubble with.
As outdoor hospitality opens up again, social distancing must still be adhered to with pals only allowed to have pints within the Rule of Six.
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But unlike with the rules last year, alfresco pubs and restaurants don’t need to serve a substantial meal for alcohol to be sold.
And the 10pm curfew – which people were subject to in 2020 – has been scrapped.