Boris Johnson is drawing up plans for a testing blitz of millions of people in England as the Covid-19 lockdown is eased.

NHS Test and Trace is preparing for nationwide “surge” testing under which more than 400,000 rapid lateral flow tests will be sent by post to homes and workplaces every day, The Times has learnt. The aim is to get the country to “a new normal”.

A campaign provisionally called “Are you ready? Get testing. Go” will begin before schools return, to encourage people to have a test even when they do not show symptoms. Ministers hope that it will be led by household names.

The prime minister will give details of the testing programme on Monday as he publicises his road map for

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