Mass Free Testing For Covid Is Coming To An End From April 1

Free testing will be reserved for the most vulnerable.

Yesterday (February 21), the government announced their “Living With Covid” plan, which will see an end to the remaining restrictions in the country.

Among this plan was the dropping of self-isolation after a positive test from Thursday (February 24), and the ending of mass free testing across the country.

From April 1, free tests will only be provided for the most vulnerable, according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Care home residents, hospital patients and other groups of vulnerable people will be allowed to take tests for no charge if they have symptoms of Covid.

While prices of tests for those needing to buy from April 1 are not confirmed, they are reportedly set to cost between £2 and £5 for an individual lateral flow test (LFT), or £20 for a box of seven.

This Thursday (February 24), will also see an end to the routine contact tracing system, with vaccinated contacts of positive cases and under-18s not required to take a test. Contacts who aren’t vaccinated will also no longer be asked to self-isolate.

Another booster jab will also be offered to millions, with all over-75s and immunosuppressed people set to be offered a fourth jab in the coming weeks.