The rapid flow tests are designed to turn around results potentially within an hour without the need for a laboratory.
The government wants it to boost the testing of potential asymptomatic carriers of the disease and then isolate those who are positive in order to drive down infection rates.
The prime minister also hopes it can help critical industries, key workers and institutions to continue functioning.
On Tuesday, the full list of the 67 areas where rapid Covid tests will be made available to local public health directors was published. It is not yet known where or how the tests would be administered – that is up to public health teams to decide.
Johnson hopes a successful pilot in the areas could see a wider rollout.
Liverpool, Stoke and Lancashire have already been provided with lateral flow tests and they will now be made available in 67 more areas, which are:
Barking and Dagenham
Blackburn and Darwen
City of London
East Riding of Yorkshire
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kingston upon Hull
Kensington and Chelsea
Kingston upon Thames
Newcastle upon Tyne
Redcar and Cleveland
Richmond upon Thames