The government has announced further details of our next steps for living with covid – setting out plans to manage the virus like other respiratory infections.
- Following our world-leading vaccination programme, Britain has been able to lift legal restrictions and reopen our society as we learn to live with covid.
- Yesterday details were announced of guidance on learning to live with covid – including the continued offer of free testing to help protect specific groups and forward planning for rapid testing response should a new health threat emerge.
- As we open up the UK economy and return to a much more normal life, vaccines remain our best defence and we urge everyone eligible to get their spring booster.
From 1 April, free covid testing will be available for people with symptoms if they are patients in hospital, eligible for treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill or living or working in high-risk settings such as care homes or the NHS.