Brits unable to order Covid lateral flow tests on Freedom Day in tech blunder

Lateral flow tests are available for free online (Image: PA)

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Chaos ensued this afternoon as the Government's coronavirus testing website was telling the public it had run out of free lateral flow tests.

The government's website was telling people to "come back tomorrow" when they tried to order kits.

But the Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed there was a temporary blip on the website and everything should be back to normal now.

Everyone has been told to regularly test themselves as the country opens up with no more restrictions from today.

Senior school children and teachers have been carrying out the tests twice a week for months to ensure the can stay in the classroom.

But on day one of no legal restrictions on social distancing and mask wearing, the government appeared to not keep up with demand for tests.

A message on the lateral flow test booking site reads: "Sorry no more tests can be ordered today.

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"No more rapid lateral flow tests can be ordered online or through the call centre today.

"Please try again tomorrow when more tests will be available."

But a government spokeswoman told the Mirror: “We can confirm that lateral flow devices (LFDs) are still available to order via gov.uk website.

"There was a temporary technical glitch with the website earlier today and this has now been rectified.”

Lateral flow test can be carried out at home, and unlike the more sophisticated PCR tests, can produce a result within half an hour.

Anyone can order a pack, which contains seven tests and usually arrives through the post the next day.

(Image: Getty Images)

Boris Johnson earlier appealed to people to exercise their new freedoms with caution as most mandatory lockdown restrictions in England are finally lifted.

The Prime Minister will host a Coronavirus press conference remotely from Chequers at 5pm today.

He will appear via video link and will be accompanied by Government Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance and Professor Jonathan Van Tam in Downing Street.

A further 48,161 Covid cases were recorded in the UK on Sunday – up by more than 50% in a week.

However the 25 deaths registered was actually lower than the 26 logged last Sunday, when 31,772 infections were recorded.

The UK recorded its highest increase in cases in six months on Saturday with 54,674 new infection.

Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, warned yesterday that coronavirus infections could rise to 200,000 a day this summer.

He told the BBC it is “almost certain” that cases will hit 100,000 a day and hospitalisations 1,000 a day.

Adding: “The real question is do we get to double that, or even higher?

“And that’s where the crystal ball starts to fail.

“I mean, we could get to 2,000 hospitalisations a day, 200,000 cases a day – and it’s much less certain.”

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