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Covid test shortages threaten New Year’s Eve celebrations in England

Pharmacists run out of LFT kits and NHS struggles to offer walk-in slots after ministers give go-ahead to events

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Shortages of lateral flow tests (LFTs) and lack of walk-in test slots across England are threatening to undermine the government’s plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations to go ahead unimpeded.

Pharmacies across England report having run out of test kits for distribution to the public before Christmas, and have been unable to receive additional kits as the supply chain has been disrupted by the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.

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