Have your say: Do you agree with all adults being asked to test for COVID twice a week?

Ross McGuinness
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File photo dated 16/10/2020 of Andrew Ilesley demonstrating how to use a self-test kit at a new walk-through Covid testing centre in Dundee. The test centre used a system of connected trailers cleaned using dry ice and was the first site in Scotland to have this capability. Saturday January 30 marks the one year anniversary of the earliest known death from coronavirus in UK. Issue date: Wednesday January 27, 2021.
Adults could soon be asked to take two weekly coronavirus tests, it has been reported. (PA)

Every adult in the UK will be asked to take a coronavirus test twice a week, it has been reported.

The Times said on Monday that people will be encouraged to take two weekly COVID-19 tests to help ease out of lockdown.

It said an advertising campaign will be launched to ask the public to “play their part” with regular tests.

Officials hope the combination of the vaccine rollout and regular testing will bring down coronavirus case levels.

On Saturday, a record 844,285 COVID-19 first or second jabs were given across the UK, according to government figures.

Boris Johnson hailed the news as “a record-breaking day for the vaccine rollout”.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “In just one day we vaccinated the equivalent of the entire adult populations of Liverpool, Southampton and Oxford combined.”

More than 27.6 million people, more than half the UK adult population, have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Johnson, who received his first dose on Friday, said: "A huge thank you to everyone involved and please come forward to get your jab when you are invited to do so."

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