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Wales extends COVID-19 testing throughout July

The Health Minister, Eluned Morgan has today (24 June 2022) confirmed that access to free LFD tests will be extended in Wales until 31 July 2022.

Tests will be available to the public that are showing symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature a new, continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), alongside free access for people visiting someone eligible for new COVID-19 treatments.

The announcement comes following a rise in cases, with The Office for National Statistics recent survey reporting an increase in cases across the UK. An estimated 1 in 45 people in Wales currently have COVID-19.

The emergence of the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are also contributing to this increase as they become more dominant across the UK.

The Health Minister has also announced the following testing will continue to be in place:

  • LFD and PCR testing for those eligible for COVID-19 treatments.
  • PCR testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses for symptomatic care home residents and prisoners.
  • PCR and LFD testing under the patient testing framework and when clinically advised including pre-operative hospital patients and care home residents returning from inpatient hospital stays.
  • LFD testing for symptomatic health and social care staff.
  • Twice weekly LFD tests for asymptomatic testing for health and social care staff.

Those visiting people in care homes should continue to test using tests provided by the care home they are visiting.

Self-isolation payments of £500 will end on 30 June 2022, whilst the COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Enhancement scheme will be extended until 31 August 2022 to support social care staff to stay away from work due to testing positive.

To read the full announcement please, visit GOV.Wales

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