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Carrington Walker Weston Mercury April 13, 2021

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Free rapid test kits for coronavirus are available.

North Somerset Council has encouraged people to take two coronavirus tests each week as rapid lateral flow test kits become more readily available.

The nation has now entered phase two of the UK Government’s lockdown roadmap, with non-essential retail reopened on Monday.

The council’s executive member for adult care and health, councillor Mike Bell, believes this, coupled with the vaccine roll-out, will prevent any hitches to the roadmap plan.

He said: “Getting into the habit of twice-weekly testing as part of our everyday lives will help us all to play our part and do what we can to keep each other safe and alongside the vaccine ensure we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown.

“Although we are ahead of the game in North Somerset, with almost 64 per cent of residents now having received their first dose of the vaccine, none of us can afford to be complacent about the risks of the virus.

“Over the coming weeks, it is as important as ever that we all do what we can to reduce the spread of the virus.”

People not displaying coronavirus symptoms have been asked by the Government to take the rapid tests, which are now available to order online or buy in your nearest pharmacy.