‘Keep checking availability’ parents trying to access home Covid test told

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Parents of middle school and secondary school-age children having trouble getting hold of a home test kit for Covid-19 (coronavirus) are being advised to keep trying.

At the end of the last school term, letters were sent to parents of all children aged between 11 and 18, inviting them and their households to get a home test over the festive period.

Some parents have reported not being able to get hold of a home test kit due to limited availability.

A Borough Council spokesperson said: “COVID-19 cases have been rising dramatically in Bedford Borough, and the fastest rise has been among teenagers.

“It has been estimated that 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t show any symptoms. By getting tested, families can take action to keep themselves and others safe by self-isolating if necessary and help slow the spread.

“Parents and carers have received instructions from schools on how to order a test.

“We are aware that some people have had difficulty requesting these tests due to high levels of demand across the country, but the availability is continually changing so do please keep trying.”

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