Free Covid Tests To Continue For Portsmouth Residents
Portsmouth City Council will continue to supply free lateral flow tests to Portsmouth residents from 1st April, where even just down the road this has been withdrawn.
In the most recent data reported on 22 March, there were 2,274 new confirmed Covid-19 infections in Portsmouth. The case rate in the seven days up to and including 17th March is 1,059 per 100,000, up by 54%. As part of the Government's "Living With COVID" strategy, the provision of free lateral flow testing will stop for most people. The Portsmouth City Council scheme will supply up to one box of 5 free lateral flow tests per month between April and June 2022, to any Portsmouth household, whilst stocks last.
The council has purchased 30,000 test kits as part of the scheme. There are 9 collection points that will operate across the city. To claim their free box of test kits, residents will be asked to show a recent council tax or utility bill. Residents who have symptoms or tested positive, should not visit these collection points, and the council can arrange deliveries for those who cannot travel due to a disability..
Kits will be available at different times: Alderman Lacey Library, Beddow Library, Charles Dickens Activity Centre, Cosham Community Centre, North End Library, Paulsgrove Community Centre, Portsmouth Civic Offices, Somerstown Central Library and Southsea Library.