The Covid testing booking website shows that there are no PCR tests available to book in Lancashire - or anywhere in England.

Following a surge in demand after Christmas, the Government website is showing no availability to book a PCR test in any region of England or Northern Ireland. Tests are available in Scotland and Wales.

As well as this, it is currently not possible to order any Lateral Flow Tests from the Government website.

For a short time earlier today (December 29) tests were avaliable to book however the appointments were shortly snapped up and again, no tests are avaliable to be booked on the Government website.

This comes as the Government said that anyone who tested negative on a LFT on day 6 and 7 of self isolation after a positive PCR would be able to stop isolating.

Many who were isolating over the Christmas period were hopeful that they may be able to gain negative test results on day six and day seven of their isolation to allow them to celebrate New Year's Eve surrounded by family.

The UK Health Security Agency has said tests may be temporarily unavailable on the Government website at points throughout the day due to “exceptionally high demand” and urged people not to order more tests before using the ones they have.

A spokesperson said: “During periods of exceptional demand there may be temporary pauses in ordering or receiving tests, to ensure we manage distribution across the system and support changing requirements for LFD and PCR tests.

“Reduced postal schedules also impact on delivery capacity over the Christmas period.

“Rapid tests are available to order directly to people’s homes via gov.uk and availability is refreshed regularly throughout the day.

“We encourage people to re-visit the site every few hours if they are unable to order tests as more will become available – and to please ensure they are making use of any tests they already have at home before ordering or collecting more.”