Saturday 8 August 2020 2:33 AM UTC
LONDON Aug 8: You can have a swab test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now. You can choose to take the test:
At a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow or
With a home test kit
Who can get a test
You can get a test: For yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
For someone you live with, if they have symptoms
If you live in England and have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
If you live, work or study in these local councils – Leicester, Luton, Pendle, or Blackburn with Darwen
If your local council asks you to get a test
This service is for people of all ages in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When to get a test
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test done as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.
On days 1 to 4, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you’re ordering a home test kit on day 4, do so by 3pm.
On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It’s too late to order a home test kit.
Get help applying
If you have problems using the online service, call: 119 if you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland 0300 303 2713 if you’re in Scotland. Lines are open 7am to 11pm.
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