The Government has announced new guidance to take a lateral flow test before travelling to congested areas to avert a fourth wave this winter.
It’s the first time Britons have been asked to take a test before going to high-risk settings, which could include busy stores and town centres.
Before people in England were asked to take two tests a week or before meeting vulnerable people or after visiting a high-risk area, but not before.
According to a newspaper outlet, the new guidance also includes indoor settings such as sporting events and music performances.
The Cabinet Office guidance also warned being in busy indoor places carries a higher risk of catching or passing on COVID 19.
It states that you may want to take a rapid lateral flow test if it’s expected that there will be a period of high risk that day.
This includes spending time in packed and confined spaces, or before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get COVID 19.
Ministers and scientists have said that the United Kingdom is protected from other ways of infections because of the high take-up of boosters.
The Delta variant also hit the United Kingdom before the rest of Europe, so there’s a higher rate of population immunity.
Experts say Plan B, which includes measures including compulsory face masks and working from home, will not be required.
Meanwhile, the booster jab is supposed to be ready for the under 40s inside weeks.
A Government spokesperson said that taking a free rapid lateral flow test would give peace of mind that you’re likely to be infectious and able to spread COVID 19, and the spokesperson said it remains essential to get vaccinated and continue to take other preventative steps such as frequent hand washing, wearing a face mask and keeping areas ventilated when meeting people indoors.
One in three people who are contaminated with COVID 19 don’t experience symptoms but a lateral flow test would allow them to avoid making others sick.
According to a poll, it comes as almost half of UK adults supported an indefinite lockdown for unvaccinated people.
About 45 per cent said they would want those without a COVID jab to have permanent constraints on their movements in the survey for Savanta ComRes.
Savanta ComRes polled 2,184 UK adults between 19 and 21 November.
This is a pandemic so deadly they have 24/7 advertising to remind us, but this expensive information gathering changes nothing, and we need to end this obsession with testing because it’s meaningless, and it’s just a global pass for money and control.
You really couldn’t make this up if you tried because our Government let everyone in from every disease-ridden land and then expect British people to take the test, but you can see how this is going to pan out because Christmas is coming, so take a test before you go shopping, then there will be an enormous explosion in cases because the figures will be misleading, then we’ll have more lockdowns, so predictable – next we’ll be stopped in the street and ordered to test, “Your papers please!”
Or it will be that when you pop along to your supermarket car park, the councils will have set up testing tents so that they can grab anyone gullible enough to get a test done then and there. All they did was pop out for some shopping, but no matter, “Let’s get you seated in the tent and you swabbed asap, forget the shopping for now”.