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Symptom free COVID testing

Published: 25 February 2021

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Now available to everyone over the age of 16 in Surrey

From 1 April, anyone over the age of 16 in Surrey can book in for a free rapid test at any of the 26 symptom-free test sites across the county. Alongside vaccinations, symptom-free testing is one of the most important parts of the Government's lockdown exit strategy.

Widening the eligibility of rapid lateral flow tests to everyone over the age of 16 means that Surrey residents can keep their friends and families safe from infection as they start to meet up within the guidelines.

Around one in three people who are infected with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Now that the rule of 6 applies to meeting up outdoors, broadening testing is an important way of finding positive cases who have no symptoms – to ensure they isolate during their infectious period and break the chains of transmission.

For more information on how to get a test, visit our COVID testing web pages.

Watch the video below for instructions on how to do a lateral flow test at home.

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Financial support if you are not able to work

For those who have been told to self-isolate and living on a low income, a £500 payment is available to help via the self-isolation payment scheme. The payment will made by your local district or borough council under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

More information about the scheme can be found on the GOV.UK support payment web page.

If you need an isolation note for your employer, visit the NHS isolation note web page.

You can see further information on financial support available in Surrey on our financial help web page.

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