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Coronavirus: PCR and lateral flow tests unavailable despite covid surge

There are no PCR tests available across the Harrogate district and the rest of the UK - despite a surge in covid cases over Christmas.

There are no PCR tests available across the Harrogate district and the rest of the UK - despite a national surge in covid cases over the Christmas period. The government website cannot offer any available PCR appointments for people experiencing symptoms, whether they are a key worker or not. And lateral flow tests are also unavailable to order online as of this morning (Wednesday 29th December). It comes after the number of covid infections in Harrogate - and in the UK as a whole - reached an all-time high. The government website is urging people to head to a walk-in test site, but the only available sites in the UK are in Scotland and Wales. You can check the availability of PCR tests here. [caption id="attachment_21619" align="aligncenter" width="3567"] Currently no lateral flow tests are available to order online.[/caption] Harrogate covid rate The number of cases in the district was recorded at 323 yesterday (28th December) - the highest since the government began recording covid figures in March last year. The seven-day rate of infection in Harrogate is also a record high 997 per 100,000 people, whilst the average for North Yorkshire is 879. The total number of cases in Harrogate since March 2020 is now 28,403. In terms of vaccinations, more than 361,000 jabs have been administered in the Harrogate district. The number of booster vaccinations has cleared 100,000. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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