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Over 23,000 people tested so far in Liverpool pilot
MORE than 23,000 people have been tested so far in Liverpool’s community testing pilot.
Since asymptomatic testing went live at six centres on Friday, 23,170 people have been tested up to 3pm today (Monday 9 November) with 154 people (0.7 per cent) testing positive for Covid-19.
A further ten centres were opened on Saturday and two more today, bringing the number of Liverpool pilot testing centres for people without symptoms to 18, with more to open during the coming days.
These centres are running alongside the mobile testing units already operating in the city for people with Covid-19 symptoms.
Learning from the pilot is already improving the customer journey with longer-than-expected waiting times on Friday now improved thanks to new measures including an online map – https://liverpool.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/ – that lets people see which sites are busy.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This is a strong start to the pilot with a really encouraging turnout and I’d like to thank everyone who has participated so far.
“We’re only in the early stages, but these figures demonstrate that Liverpool is up for the challenge and residents and workers are prepared to do what they can to help tackle this virus together.
“With more centres opening up in the coming days, we hope to see an increase in the numbers of people getting tested, and also encourage those who have already gone through the process to get a repeat test again during the trial.
“This city has been given the opportunity to make a real difference in the fight against Covid-19 and I urge everyone to do their bit and get tested.”
Liverpool’s Director of Public Health Matt Ashton said: “The aim of this project is to quickly identify people who have the virus and reduce transmission substantially.
“To be the only city to be piloting this ground-breaking mass testing programme is very exciting. We do need to emphasise this is a pilot scheme so there will be some teething problems, but this is our chance to drive down transmission rates and return to normal more quickly. I encourage everyone to get tested as we need to grab this opportunity and play our part for Liverpool.”