From today, (Monday 18 May) everyone in Wales with symptoms of coronavirus will be able to request a test as a new online booking service becomes available.
Wales is joining a new UK-wide system for ordering home testing kits, in line with the Welsh Government’s Test Trace Protect strategy.
Earlier today, the four UK Chief Medical Officers confirmed the loss or change in smell or taste (anosmia) has been added to the list of symptoms of coronavirus.
This means from today, people will need to self-isolate if they have a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste. They will also be able to request a test using the new system.
All members of their household must also self-isolate for 14 days, unless the person with symptoms has a negative test result.
Anyone experiencing the other coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature and continuous cough – will also be able to apply for a home testing kit using the new UK online portal. For further information and a link to the booking website, visit: www.gov.wales/coronavirus or www.llyw.cymru/coronafeirws.
This will be supported by a national 119 phone service, through which people can also order a home test.
Critical workers in Wales can also now order home testing kits via the UK-wide key worker website, with tests prioritised towards these workers over members of the public according to capacity. The ability for critical workers and the public to book slots at drive-through testing centres, mobile testing units and community testing units through these websites will be introduced soon. In the meantime critical workers can continue to use the current local referral arrangements.