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Smear-test delays during lockdown have prompted calls for home-screening kits.

Cervical cancer screening has restarted across the UK – but some women say they will not attend their appointments for fear of catching Covid.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is urging “faster action” on home tests for HPV, which causes 99% of cervical cancers.

An NHS official said GP practices should continue screening throughout lockdown and “anyone invited for a cervical smear test should attend”.

Screenings in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have restarted after being halted during the first lockdown.