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COVID-19: Home testing kits have run out on government’s website

Home COVID testing kits have run out on the government’s website, a message on gov.uk says.

The message says: “Sorry, there are no more home tests available right now.

“Try again later.

“Or, you can go back and try to book a test site appointment instead.”

It comes less than 24 hours after an announcement that daily testing would become mandatory for anyone double-jabbed who comes into contact with a COVID-19 case.

From tomorrow, those fully vaccinated should take a daily lateral flow test for seven days to slow the spread of the virus, the government said.

People will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or via the NHS COVID-19 app to tell them they are a contact of someone who tested positive and what action they need to take.

The move comes following a significant rise in Omicron infections in the UK with the variant expected to become the dominant strain in the UK by mid-December.

Earlier on Monday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid advised that people should take lateral flow tests before meeting loved ones over the festive period because of the Omicron variant.

The shortage of lateral flow tests could also become a bigger problem from Wednesday when, if MPs vote in favour of the new coronavirus rules, the NHS COVID pass will be made mandatory for nightclubs and venues with large crowds.

It would mean those who haven’t been vaccinated cannot easily provide a negative home test as an alternative way to gain entry.

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