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How much does a PCR Covid test cost?

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Free Covid testing for most people in the UK ended this month as part of the government's plans to live with the virus. In England, lateral flow tests (LFTs) are no longer available for free, unless you are a patient in hospital, at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus and eligible for Covid-19 treatments, or you work in an NHS or social care setting.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are no longer available for free in England or Wales either, but people in Scotland and Northern Ireland might still be eligible to get one free of charge.

PCR test prices vary from place to place, but here is a round-up of current test prices from pharmacies and stores in England.

Boots is selling in-store PCR tests for £79, with results back in 48 hours. The test 'isn't suitable for people with Covid-19 symptoms or children under five years of age.' Meanwhile Lloyds pharmacy is charging £79 for in-store PCR tests, which again are not for people 'experiencing Covid symptoms.' Read more: Simple card mistake means Brits lose an average of £55.20 Bupa is selling an at-home 'general Covid-19 PCR' tests for £99, while Project Screen is selling 'Day 2 PCR tests' for £59.

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