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Enhanced support in Lancashire

The county is getting enhanced support from central government to ramp up testing and offering the vaccine in more convenient locations in coronavirus hotspots.

Everyone over 25 is eligible to receive their first Covid jab.

Cases are rising rapidly in parts of Lancashire - driven by the Delta variant - mainly in the East but spreading in Central Lancashire and other parts of the county.

People are also being asked to be cautious and think about minimising travel where possible.

Everyone in Lancashire, including children, are now being strongly encouraged to take a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, whether they are showing symptoms or not.

By using PCR testing, positive results can be sent for genomic sequencing at specialist laboratories, helping us to identify variant of concern (VOC) cases and their spread.

Anyone can book a free test online or by calling 119.

If you do not have symptoms, you should select the option that says they have been asked to carry out a test by their local authority.

Residents can also pick up a free PCR kit from a designated collection point or have a kit sent to their home.

People should continue to make use of free twice-weekly rapid tests, commonly known as lateral flow devices, alongside the PCR test as part of surge testing.

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