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Free virus test kits available at Swansea libraries

Swansea Council is making it easier than ever for residents to check if they’ve got the Covid-19 virus.

Free Lateral Flow Testing kits (LFTs) are available at libraries in Clydach, Brynyfryd, Gorseinon, Killay, Morriston and Pontarddulais.

Around one-in-three people who have the virus show no symptoms but can still unwittingly spread it to people they come into contact with. Regular LFT tests are now part of the effort to try to keep the virus at bay, including the new Indian variant that has been found in Swansea Bay.

Although the testing kits can be ordered online, the Council wants to ensure residents have increased access to the kits so they can check themselves regularly.

LFTs are specifically for people who don’t have Covid-19 symptoms. If you’re showing symptoms of the virus don’t go to the library. Instead go to the Welsh Government website for more information here: https://gov.wales/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19

Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said: “The council has been side-by-side with the public throughout the pandemic and will continue to be with them as we emerge from it.

“LFT kits are a useful part of the effort to tackle the virus, alongside the hugely-successful NHS vaccination programme which has seen more than 360,000 first and second jabs given to people in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot so far.”

The kits will give staff the chance to test themselves and their families for Covid 19 and come with full instructions about how to do the test and what to do afterwards.