Lateral flow tests have currently run out to order on the government’s website.
When the M.E.N tried to order some of the free tests this morning (Monday), using a Manchester-based postcode, an error message popped up.
It said: ‘There are no more home tests available’.
The message added: ‘Sorry there are no more home tests kits available right now. Try again later. Or you can go back and try book a test site appointment instead’.
It comes the day after the government announced new rules for close contacts of Covid cases – saying people who come in contact with someone who has Covid-19 should order lateral flow tests and take them every day for a week.
People are also advised to take lateral flow tests before mixing with people in crowded, indoor places or visiting someone at higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid.
This also comes after the NHS website to book Covid vaccinations went down yesterday – just minutes after the PM urged the country to ‘get boosted now’.
The site, which can be used to book booster jabs, was experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ as many tried to book their jabs in light of the Omicron variant.
And today, the NHS has advised people trying to book a booster to try later or tomorrow as people face a queue on the website.
In a tweet, the health service said: “The Covid vaccine booking service is currently facing extremely high demand so is operating a queuing system.
“For users aged 18-29, please be aware that booking opens on Wednesday 15 Dec.
“For all others experiencing waits, we would advise trying again later today or tomorrow.”
The target for giving every adult a booster jab was brought forward by a month over fears of a ‘tidal wave of Omicron’ that could cause ‘very many deaths’.
Boris Johnson, in a pre-recorded address to the nation on Sunday evening, said Britain ‘must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection’ as he set the new deadline of jabbing everyone over 18 by the new year.