Liverpool mass testing programme to be extended after army leave
Liverpool Council confirmed the good news today
BY ELLEN KIRWIN
09:24, 21 NOV 2020UPDATED16:57, 21 NOV 2020
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Liverpool city council has confirmed that mass testing will continue in Liverpool after the ' moonshot' pilot has finished.
Though details are still to be ironed out, the council is working towards having some test centres in place after the pilot to carry on testing once the army leave the city.
It is thought the test centres will be in place for asymptomatic people to get the new Lateral Flow Tests. Further details will be released in the coming weeks.
The news comes after the mass testing trial in Liverpool was hailed a success with, as of yesterday, 140,000 residents being tested.
Out of the 140,000, around 700 citizens tested positive for coronavirus despite showing no symptoms.
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That is 700 people who would have otherwise not known and went on to infect more people.
The city also continues to struggle to help those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, as our exclusive look into the Royal Hospital's Intensive Care Unit showed.
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Director of Public Health for Liverpool, Matthew Ashton, said: “This pandemic has been devastating for Liverpool.
“Almost a thousand people have died in our city with many more suffering from ill health as a direct result of covid-19.
“The impacts on our Health and Care sector, on people’s mental health and well-being, on education, jobs, employment and our economy is immeasurable.
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“It is vital therefore that we protect the city and its residents using the best tools at our disposal
“It is clear to me that asymptomatic testing has a big role in this collective effort alongside effective contact tracing, supporting people to self-isolate and enabling the city to function in the safest way possible.
“The city of Liverpool has embraced this pilot and the learning that will undoubtedly flow from it.”