Boris Johnson says people should get Covid test before visiting elderly relatives for Christmas

Boris Johnson has suggested that anyone who wants to visit elderly relatives over Christmas should get a rapid coronavirus test, despite warnings that community testing won’t be fully up and running in many areas until the new year.

The government is offering local authorities in England the chance to get funding for mass testing programmes, after a pilot scheme in Liverpool. But they’re not likely to get help from the armed forces in large numbers.

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