Boris Johnson announcement – Covid CHAOS as lateral flow tests still unavailable but New Year revellers told ‘party on’

BORIS Johnson has urged people to get swabbed before enjoying New Year celebrations despite lateral flow tests and PCR test appointments still unavailable.

The prime minister called for Brits to get tested before heading out to NYE parties and celebrations as we head into the fourth day of test supply chaos.

Ministers have acknowledged a worldwide supply issue has hit the UK as people yesterday and this morning struggled to get tests through pharmacies or delivered to their home.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid set out the issues in a call with a Tory MP, acknowledging there is not a quick fix to a problem caused by global demand.

The Government website showed no PCR tests were available for home delivery – even for essential workers – in England or Northern Ireland, with “very few” in Scotland, while Wales had availability only in some regions. Home delivery slots for lateral flow tests were also unavailable this morning.

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