UKHSA ramps up testing availability following record week for distribution
UKHSA and Royal Mail have today announced that capacity for home deliveries for COVID-19 testing kits will double to 900,000 a day in response to a week of unprecedented demand.
The UK’s testing programme is the biggest in Europe with nearly 400 million tests carried out to date, twice the number in France and more than four times the number in Germany. By Saturday 18 December 900,000 deliveries a day will be made to ensure that even more people can order either a PCR or LFD test directly to their home.
As well as the rapid expansion in delivery capacity to people’s homes, UKHSA is also increasing test availability at pharmacies, PCR testing sites and local authorities. More lateral flow tests will be available across the UK in local community pharmacies to collect. Pharmacies are now be able to access 10.5 million lateral flow tests per week, an increase of 5.5 million tests per week. Booking slots for PCR testing sites will also increase by up to 100,000 per day from tomorrow (Wednesday 16 December), especially in areas where booking slots have been filled.
To ensure a good testing supply over the coming weeks, the UKHSA are working to secure a further hundreds of millions of lateral flow tests and an increase in PCR laboratory testing capacity of up to 150,000 tests per day.