From today, Covid lateral flow tests are available for home delivery in Wales and Scotland after being offered in England since April 9. However, some people were taken by surprise when they discovered the NHS tests are made in China.
One Twitter user said: “Is it just me that finds it ironic that the NHS lateral flow tests are made in China?”
A second said: “Here is our free NHS Covid tests. Made in China. Victor Meldrew moment! ‘I don’t bloody believe it!’
A third replied: “Just received the NHS Covid tests… MADE IN CHINA [confused emoji].”
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A fourth said: “The NHS rapid flow tests my Son takes for school twice a week are made in China. Think the country is making enough via public money from UK citizens pockets.”
While another said: “Why are the lateral flow tests used by NHS made in China?”
Coronavirus was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 before spreading across China and the rest of the world. At the time of writing, more than three million people have died worldwide.
There remains uncertainty surrounding the exact origins of Covid, but scientists believe that the virus may have originated in bats and could have been spread through an interaction between an animal and a human at a live animal market in Wuhan.
In an attempt to keep the number of Covid cases down to a minimum, rapid lateral flow tests are now available to order straight to your home.
Around one in three people carrying Covid do not have symptoms so rapid lateral flow tests can help identify asymptomatic cases and prevent any further spread.
People who are experiencing Covid symptoms (high temperature, continuous cough, loss of smell and/or taste) should not take a lateral flow test and must instead get a PCR test and self-isolate immediately.
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People are advised to take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every three or four days) and report test results the day you take the test.
The test usually involves taking a sample from your tonsils (or where they would have been) and from your nose, using a swab. You can get a result within 30 minutes.
Children of primary school age or younger do not need to take the test.
You can order a rapid lateral flow test here.