Executive says there is ‘sufficient’ supply of lateral flow testing in Northern Ireland

A Covid test center at the Templemore sports complex in Londonderry

The newsletter today reported that lateral flow testing supplies in Northern Ireland are being overtaken by strong demand.

Amid UK-wide reports of ‘uneven’ supplies, Community Pharmacy NI Managing Director Gerard Greene said an increase in demand for testing appeared to be causing similar difficulties in the province. .

In a statement from the executive board yesterday, he said “there is a sufficient supply of lateral flow testing for Northern Ireland”.

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He said: “Community pharmacies and other collection sites are regularly restocked. You can use the online site finder to find a local collection site. If the site closest to you does not have tests, you can search for other collection sites in your area.

“You can also order an LFD test online for home delivery. Due to high demand, tests may be batch streamed throughout the day on the online home delivery service. If you are not able to order tests immediately, please check back regularly throughout the day.

Meanwhile, a leading scientist warned it was “very worrying” that a shortage of Covid-19 tests could lead to people mixing in the New Year without being able to see if they are. infectious.

Professor Peter Openshaw, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), said conditions at a New Year’s Eve rally were “perfect” for the spread of the coronavirus.

In a letter to MPs, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the supply of lateral flow tests (LFD) was tripled in January and February compared to a pre-Omicron plan of 100 million to 300 million per month.

Professor Openshaw has expressed concern that people may not be able to get tested at rallies.

“I think that’s really, really worrying,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today show. etc., is absolutely perfect for transmitting this very, very highly transmissible virus. “

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