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Corona Virus Testing

Everyone in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing.

You can now get tested if you have:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual); OR

  • a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste;


HSC advises caution about obtaining testing from non-governmental sources. A positive or negative test will not be recognised by the HSC and will not change the advice given. 

You will still have to observe recommended isolation periods.

Please be aware that the HSC is not offering testing to people in the community. If a person calls at your front door offering to test you, do not allow them to enter your home. Close and lock the door. Inform the police. 



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