FREE coronavirus testing facilities will be available to all Scots from next week, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. 

Lateral flow test packages will be available for home delivery from Monday. 

The fast testing facilities are part of a universal testing initiative to be introduced across the country, following their introduction in England and for senior school pupils.

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Speaking at today's coronavirus media briefing, Ms Sturgeon said: "I said two weeks ago that we would make lateral flow tests available to anyone in Scotland who wants one.

"I can confirm that lateral flow tests will be available to anyone in Scotland from April 26. 

”I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this offer.”

Ms Sturgeon also encouraged people who are travelling from mainland Scotland to the isles to take two lateral flow tests before making their journey. 

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It is recommended that one is taken three days before travelling and the other the day before travel to allow people time to cancel their trips. 

She said: "This is potentially an important way in which we can minimise the risk, of bringing Covid into island communities."

Lateral flow testing can be ordered online for delivery to your home. Information on how to arrange a delivery is on the Scottish Government's website. 

Alternatively, you can collect the tests from Covid testing centres in the afternoon or early evening.